National: Kingston man given a Carnegie Medal of heroism for saving a 10-yr-old boy

According to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Robert Meyer, who’s an assistant nursing home administrator, was working at a property near a  in May of 2011 when he saw 10-year-old Johaun Bennett struggling to swim.

Bennett was playing in knee-deep water when he was suddenly swept further into the ocean by a strong undertow. Meyer ran to the beach and dove into the 50 degree water.

The 28-year-old swam about 300 feet and was able to reach Bennett. Both made it safely back to shore.

The Kingston man will receive a medal and a $5,000 grant for bravely risking his life for that of another.

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was created in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie. Eighty-one civilian heroes from the U.S and Canada have been recognized by the commission this year.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.