Two Vermonters are being honored for
their bravery by the prestigious Carnegie Hero Fund.
Jonathan Nielsen, 32, of Morrisville,
was chosen for his efforts to rescue his disabled
neighbor, Heather Manley, from her burning apartment in September 2011. After
using a sledgehammer to break open the door, Nielsen crawled through the smoky
apartment and dragged Manley outside. She, unfortunately, did not survive.
Another Vermonters was chosen for the Carnegie medal
posthumously. John Lais, 59, of Burlington, drowned while trying to rescue his
grandson off a North Carolina island.
The Vermont men were among 22 people honored with the medals.