PITTSBURGH, PA (KSNT) – Bryon Snyder of Topeka has been awarded a Carnegie Medal for heroism for saving a 44-year-old woman from an armed assault in June of 2014.
The woman, Julia Wilson, was abducted and threatened at gunpoint in Topeka, but was inside a nearby convenience store by Snyder after she had escaped her captor. Shortly after securing the woman’s safety, Snyder was shot and critically injured by the gunman but has since recovered.
The Carnegie Medals are named for philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who was inspired to endow an award in his name by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster in 1904 that killed 181 people including a miner and an engineer who died trying to rescue others.
Medals and cash are awarded several times a year to the recipients of the award. Since its creation in 1904, the foundation has given away more than $37 million to 9,775 award recipients.