FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A woman who died while trying to save her children from a house fire and a man who rescued a truck driver from a burning vehicle have been honored in Kentucky.
Lori Doppelheuer Kearney and Lou Scharold were awarded the Carnegie Hero Medal at Monday’s ceremony hosted by Gov. Matt Bevin.
Kearney died while trying to save her children from fire at their Maysville home in 2015.
She helped four people escape, then went upstairs through smoke to try to rescue her three children. She was found on the floor of the younger boys’ bedroom. All four died of smoke inhalation.
Scharold saved a truck driver whose vehicle was struck nearly head-on. Scharold reached through the broken windshield, grabbed the driver and led him away from the burning vehicle.