2 good Samaritans in Naples to be honored

Published: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:23 a.m.

NAPLES, Fla. Two good Samaritans in southwest Florida will be honored for rescuing a man who was knocked unconscious and nearly drowned after his vehicle veered into a lake.

Terry Odom and Richard Scott Cameron were announced as two of the 22 recipients awarded with the Carnegie medal for heroism Wednesday. The award is given out quarterly to Americans and Canadians who risk their lives to save, or attempt to save, the lives of others.

The two men freed 56-year-old Ray Davis from his sinking SUV and brought him to shore last July. Davis spent more than a month in the hospital but recovered.

Pittsburgh steel baron Andrew Carnegie started the fund in 1904 after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people. Since then, $31.5 million has been awarded to 9,284 people. Medalists, or their heirs, receive $6,000.

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