Edward Fillingham, 75, of Henderson has received a national Carnegie Award for heroism. Fillingham saved three people from drowning in 41-degree water on April 17, 2009. Despite suffering from Parkinson's disease, Fillingham rowed a canoe 1,500 feet and towed the victims to shore.
Fillingham was honored Thursday by the Carnegie Heroes Fund. Pittsburgh steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund in 1904 after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people. More than $32 million has been awarded to 9,372 people. Medalists, or their heirs, receive $6,000.
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