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.