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Men Involved in American Fork Rescue Honored Today

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Russian man who died trying to save a girl from falling into American Fork Canyon is among 19 people honored today with Carnegie medals for heroism.

Vitaly Tsikoza fell 400 feet to his death trying to save 3-year-old family friend Paulina Filippova as they were hiking in American Fork Canyon on September 24.

Paulina had fallen from a trail on to a narrow ledge about 75 feet below when Tsikoza tried to reach her.

Two other men -- Mickey Horak, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Marc Ellison, of American Fork -- were also honored. They reached the girl and kept her safe until help arrived.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission meets five times annually to choose honorees, who are brought to its attention through newspaper articles or tips on its Web site. Recipients, or their survivors, receive a bronze medal and $5,000.

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie started the fund in 1904 after being inspired by rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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