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Man given Carnegie Medal for saving girl from drowning

A Land O'Lakes man who died last year while saving a 5-year-old girl from drowning has been named as one of 22 recipients of the Carnegie Medal.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awards the medal each year to people in the United States and Canada who risk their lives to save others.

Alan Hall, 65, was walking on the beach near Hurricane Pass at Honeymoon Island State Park on April 8, 2012, when he and his wife spotted three young children who were being pulled out to sea by a strong rip current.

The children's parents plucked two of them from the water. Hall dove into the surf and went after the third.

He took hold of 5-year-old Ruby Monahan before he, too, became caught in the current. He nudged the girl to shore before the waves overcame him.

Hall was one of four of this year's Carnegie Medal recipients who died during their heroic acts.

Medalists and their families also receive financial assistance, death benefits, scholarships and other aid. Established in 1904 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the commission has awarded more than $35 million.

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