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Three Nova Scotians honoured as heroes with Carnegie Medal

Three Nova Scotians who risked their own lives to save others have been given the Carnegie Medal for heroism.

Along with the medal, awardees are also given a financial grant

Julian Rouleau, pictured here, was saved by Stephen Ross and Keiren J. Tompkins after Rouleau fell through the ice at the Uisge Ban Falls near Baddeck in January 2014. (Stephen Ross)

Three Nova Scotians have been given the Carnegie Medal for risking their own lives to save others.

Stephen Ross, 57, and Keiren J. Tompkins, 59, both of Halifax and Craig Alexander Morash, 43, of Goodwood are the recipients of the 2016 awards.

In the May 2014, Morash and a man from Toronto rescued several people from a burning building in Glace Bay, says the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission website. 

Ross and Tompkins rescued a man after he fell through the ice at the Uisge Ban Falls near Baddeck in January 2014. 

The awardees are given a bronze medal and a financial grant. They also become eligible for scholarship aid.

"Those disabled in their heroic acts or the dependents of those killed are eligible for additional benefits including ongoing aid to meet living expenses," the commission's website says. 

On Wednesday, the commission announced a total of 24 people in Canada and the United States who will receive awards. 

Medal has been awarded since 1904

The Carnegie Medal is given out by a commission formed to honour ordinary citizens who perform extraordinary acts of heroism.

The website defines the recipient as "a civilian who knowingly risks his or her own life to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the life of another person." 

The commission was set up by Pittsburgh steel maker Andrew Carnegie after a massive explosion at a Harwick, Pennsylvania coal mine in 1904.

That disaster killed 181 people, two of whom who entered the mine after the explosion.

Within a few months of that disaster, Carnegie established a $5-million trust and appointed a 21-member commission to help and honour heroes. 

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