Beach Rescuer Honored Posthumously

Eighteen people, including a Georgia man, are being honored Thursday with Carnegie Medals for heroism.

Among the recipients is William Eugene Jones of Jonesboro, Georgia, who died after helping save a girl from drowning in Panama City Beach on July 2, 2003.

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie started a hero fund in 1904 after being inspired by rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people. Those awarded the bronze medal and $3,500 are announced five times a year.

Jones died helping to rescue two young girls who had gotten caught in riptides behind the Sandpiper Beach motel on the west end of Panama City Beach.

Eight people were involved in the rescue. Jones died and three others from the group were hospitalized.