Hawaii Land Surveyor Receives Carnegie Medal for Heroism
Loando’s heroic actions were recognized by the Honolulu Fire Department, which awarded him a Civilian Medal of Valor, and by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross, which named him a Hero of the Year in 2011. On Dec. 19, 2012, Loando was one of 18 individuals honored with a Carnegie Medal, an award given by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.
Loando said he is thrilled to receive the award-not because it recognizes his own actions, but because it is one more way to raise awareness about the land surveying profession. The publicity he has received since the incident has already had an impact. “Over the past year, people have been friendlier and more respectful of field surveyors at work,” he said. “This award is positive news for our profession.”
Media coverage of the incident and award can be found at the following links:
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