2 JPD officers named Carnegie Heroes

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JASPER — Two Jasper Police Department Officers have been named Carnegie Heroes for pulling a man from an overturned, burning SUV in 2018, and saving his life.

JPD Officers Grant Goffinet and Brent Duncan are among 15 people who have been named Carnegie Heroes by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. They will each receive the Carnegie Medal, the highest honor for civilian heroism in the U.S. and Canada, for risking "their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others."

STORY: Officers honored for rescuing man from burning care

Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, the driver of an SUV drove off the south side of the roadway just east of the Patoka River bridge in Jasper, and the vehicle continued eastbound until it stopped on its passenger side facing east. Goffinet and Duncan arrived at the scene within seconds of each other after being dispatched.

The officers found one victim of the crash — who crawled from the fiery Nissan Rogue, despite having injuries including a fractured right femur — lying in the middle of the roadway, and the vehicle ablaze nearby.

The Carnegie Medal

Both officers were advised by bystanders that a man was stuck inside the car, and they proceeded to extinguish the fire the best they could before entering through its back window and pulling a second victim to safety.

The Jasper Volunteer Fire Department arrived two minutes after the victim was removed from the SUV, when flames from the car burned 30 feet high into the night sky.

A total of 10,168 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904.

Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant. Throughout the 116 years since the Fund was established by industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, $41.8 million has been given in one-time grants, scholarship aid, death benefits and continuing assistance.

To nominate someone for the Carnegie Medal, complete a nomination form online or write to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, 436 Seventh Ave., Suite 1101, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

More information on the Carnegie Medal and the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission can be found at carnegiehero.org.

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