Carnegie Hero Fund honors 20, including 6 who died

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund has honored 20 people for their bravery in saving others from danger, including six people who died in their life-saving efforts.

The honorees, or their surviving families, each receive a bronze medal and $5,000.

Steel baron Andrew Carnegie started the fund in 1904 after being inspired by the rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people. Nearly 9,500 people have been honored, including 40 so far this year. The hero fund honors five groups of people each year for their heroism.

The people honored on Wednesday are from 15 states and Canada and included 33-year-old Daniel Diaz who drowned after helping rescue a 12-year-old boy who became tired while swimming across the swift Columbia River in Oregon on July 4, 2009. Diaz was from Kent, Wash.