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Baltimore man who saved neighbor from burning home awarded Carnegie Medal

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 14:10:58-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore man hailed as a hero for running into a burning home to save his neighbor last year is being honored with a Carnegie Medal.

On September 23, 2019, Pierre Gibbons ran into his 77-year-old neighbor’s home to rescue her from a fire.

He was able to pull her from the basement to the first floor, where they were overcome by flames and were knocked unconscious.

The neighbor was hospitalized and died about a month later from complications of her injuries.

Gibbons suffered burns to more than 70 percent of his body along with inhalation injuries, underwent more than 20 surgical procedures, and suffered two strokes during his 9-month hospital stay.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced Gibbons was one of 17 recipients of the Carnegie Medal, which has been called the highest honor for civilian heroism.