PITTSBURGH — A Canadian woman who sacrificed her own life to save another’s
will receive a Carnegie medal for heroism.
Tina Maryann Moores, 35 of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland drowned while
helping to save a little girl.
Moores and 18 others are being honoured today by the Pittsburgh-based
Carnegie Heroes Fund.
On Aug. 15, 2009 Emily B. Ivany, 9, was playing in Red Indian Lake in
Buchans when a strong current swept her 40 metres out to deep water where
she struggled to stay afloat.
Moores, a nurse, jumped in and swam to Emily and held her head above water.
But Moores soon found herself in trouble and called out for help. Her sister
swam out and relieved her of Emily, but Moores died before her husband and
some others could reach her by boat.
U.S. steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the heroes fund in
1904 after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181
people. More than $32.7 million has been awarded to 9,391 people.
Medallists, or their heirs, each receive $6,000.