Overland Park man named a Carnegie Hero for saving explosion victims

Photo Credit: Keith Myers / Kansas City Star

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Kansas man is one of this year’s Carnegie Hero award recipients.

Nineteen people across the country are being honored with medals and cash for risking their lives for others. They include Paul Mongiello of Overland Park, who rescued two workers from a natural gas explosion last year at a Kansas City restaurant.

The blast in February 2013 killed a waitress at JJ’s Restaurant and injured more than a dozen other people.

The Carnegie Hero awards are named for Pittsburgh steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. He was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer who died trying to rescue others.

 

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