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Spencer man to receive Carnegie medal for saving car crash victims


A man who saved the lives of two people when he pulled them out of a burning car in September will receive a national Carnegie medal for his act.

Shane Robinson of Spencer will join a list of heroic recipients when he receives the Carnegie medal today. This year, Robinson is one of 22 people from across the United States and Canada to receive the medal, which is given to “those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others,” according to the Carnegie fund website.

The recognition follows an incident in September when Robinson saved two young people who had crashed their car. Robinson pulled unconscious Alyssa Hovinetz, 24, and Jeffrey Burgos II, 23, out of their burning car after it went off the road and crashed into a concrete drain culvert in Huntington Township, said Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Hoffman.

The car burst into flames after the crash, and had it not been for Robinson, Hovinetz and Burgos would have burned in the car, police said.

“He definitely saved their lives at that point,” Hoffman told The Chronicle-Telegram in September.

Robinson won a “Real Hero” award from the Lorain County chapter of the American Red Cross in March for the rescue.

He is one of 22 people this year from Ontario, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Minnesota, Arkansas, Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Alberta, Tennessee, British Columbia, California, Georgia and Virginia to receive the award and money for their heroic acts. Four of the recipients died in the process of saving people from burning, drowning and assault.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund was started in 1904. Since then, $36.2 million has been given to Carnegie medal recipients or their families.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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