The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal for Heroism to the family of Anthony Diehl of Beavercreek, Ohio, during Monday night’s Beavercreek City Council meeting. Beavercreek Mayor Don Adams presented the medal to Mr. Diehl's partner, Laura Steele, on his behalf. Other family members of Mr. Diehl were also in attendance.
Anthony Diehl was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal for his brave attempt to save his nephew from drowning in South Haven, Michigan in September 2023. While vacationing with family at Lake Michigan, Diehl's 7-year-old nephew was using a bodyboard in shallow water when the waves intensified. With no lifeguards on duty, Diehl, a 33-year-old restaurant manager, swam out to rescue his nephew. Although Diehl was initially seen near his nephew, they became separated, and the family lost sight of them. Though initially close, the harsh conditions of the water caused them to become separated, and tragically, both Diehl and Elijah Britt lost their lives.
“The Bible reminds us that there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for another,” said Beavercreek Mayor Don Adams during the presentation. “Anthony Diehl exemplified this profound truth with his selfless act of bravery, embodying the essence of a hero. This medal symbolizes not only Anthony's bravery, but also the enduring impact of his sacrifice on our community. May his legacy inspire us to live with the same courage, selflessness, and love that defined his final moments.”
Anthony Diehl was recognized as the 10,383rd hero by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund. Established by Andrew Carnegie in 1904, the Hero Fund has honored 10,405 individuals with the Carnegie Medal, acknowledging their exceptional heroism, defined by the Commission as lifesaving acts performed at extraordinary risk to the rescuer. Grants exceeding $45 million have been awarded to the recipients or their survivors, encompassing scholarship aid, ongoing assistance, and death benefits.