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Harford County couple named Carnegie Heroes for rescue efforts during 2018 flash flooding

Melissa Lehew was swept away while trying to rescue a trapped motorist
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Posted at 9:20 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 09:22:07-05

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WMAR) — Two Harford County residents were among 17 people nationwide to be named Carnegie Heroes on Monday.

The prestigious award is one of the highest civilian honors throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1904, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission has recognized those who risked their lives and took extraordinary measures to save the lives of others.

This years recipients included Kyle Bowman of Aberdeen and his late girlfriend, Melissa Anne Lehew from Darlington.

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Both are credited with trying to save 67-year-old Daniel Samis, who was trapped in his car along the Broad Run Bridge in Churchville, during a flash flood on August 31, 2018 .

During their efforts, Lehew and Samis were both swept downstream by strong currents. The next day, rescue crews found Samis' car and recovered his body still inside.

Lehew was found the following day by Bowman who said he'd gone out searching for her after dive teams had reportedly suspended their search. She was a mother to four children.