Former firefighter Patrick Rimoshytus of Warren said Tuesday night, Dec. 10, at a Warren Town Council meeting that he often thinks of the Barrington woman he pulled from a burning car just about a year ago.
Carolyn Corbett’s car crashed at Market Street and Schoolhouse Road in Warren. Rimoshytus was driving by and pulled her from the car, suffering burns that put him in the hospital. She died two days later.
Rimoshytus was honored Tuesday night for his actions by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in Pittsburgh, Pa. He received one of about 80 to 100 medals the commission gives out each year to “civilian heroes” in the U.S. and Canada, said Doug Chambers, director of external affairs for the commission.
Chambers presented Rimoshytus with the 3-inch round bronze medal, which goes to heroes who “risk their lives to an extraordinary degree,” said Chambers.
Rimoshytus got the medal in front of the Town Council, his brother, some friends and several members of Corbett’s family.
"I’m honored to receive this medal,” he said, almost breaking down several times during an emotional acceptance speech. “I honestly hope it’s the last one I ever have to receive.”
Click here to see what the Carnegie commission says about Rimoshytus and his heroism. And see Rimoshytus’s acceptance speech in the video.