HUDSON (AP) — A 10-year-old South Dakota boy who died saving his younger sister in the Big Sioux River will posthumously receive the Carnegie Medal, North America’s highest honor for civilian heroism.
Ricky Lee Sneve was on a fishing trip with his stepdad and siblings on the Big Sioux in Hudson last June. Ricky’s 5 year old sister fell in the water and Ricky dove after her and was able to push her to shore. Authorities say Ricky was caught in a surf in deeper water, Chief Argus reported.
Three boys and Ricky’s stepfather jumped into the river to help him, but two of the boys started to struggle. Chad Sneve and the older boy helped the other two disembark. But, by then, Ricky had been carried about 50 feet and submerged.
Divers then recovered Ricky’s body about 75 feet downriver.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded in the United States and Canada to those who are in extreme danger while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. With this announcement, more than 10,000 medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based Fund was established in 1904.
Commission Chairman Mark Laskow said each of the recipients or their survivors would also receive an unspecified financial grant. The organization said nearly $44 million was awarded in the form of one-time grants, scholarships, death benefits and ongoing assistance.
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