Carnegie Medal Awarded to Sanford Harling III for Extraordinary Heroism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2017
Carnegie Medal Awarded to Sanford Harling III for
NORRISTOWN, PA – The Norristown Fire Department announced today that Sanford Harling III will be honored at tonight’s Norristown Council Meeting by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in recognition for his act of outstanding civilian heroism. The medal is awarded throughout the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving the lives of others. Sanford passed away in the performance of his heroic act, attempting to save his father during a February house fire in 2015.
Sanford, only 12 years old at the time had fled the structure but bravely ran back into the house to try to save his father. Norristown fire Chief Tom O’Donnell commented, “Sanford Harling III defines the true meaning of a Hero, his sacrifice should never be forgotten”.
The prestigious award is being given to his parents by the commission. Twenty medals were awarded this year, 9,934 medals have been awarded since the inception of the commission in 1904. Sanford is the 3rd recipient from Norristown to receive the honor. Reuben P. Swortley saved a man from drowning in 1910 and Patrick W. Mulligan saved a woman from being run over by a train in 1914.
Norristown Municipal Council honored Sanford during the February 7th council meeting with a proclamation marking February 7th as a day of remembrance for Sanford Harling.
For more information about the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission please visit their website at www.carnegiehero.org.
Gabriela Prete, Public Information Officer
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Municipality of Norristown