Oregon teen who died trying to save brother is among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism

Associated Press

A 16-year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying unsuccessfully to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie Medal for heroism.

S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15-foot waterfall to try to save his 13-year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Both boys were carried over the falls and drowned.

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The Carnegie Medals are named for Pittsburgh steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. He was inspired to endow an award in his name by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster in 1904 that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer who died trying to rescue others.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awards medals and cash several times a year.