Elkhorn man honored for heroic actions following vehicle crash

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In a news release, the Nebraska governor's office announced that an Elkhorn man was honored on Monday as a recipient of the Carnegie Medal. He saved at least two people, including a 9-year-old, from a burning vehicle following an accident.

Read the news release from Gov. Pete Ricketts' office below:

Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) recognized Frank Axiotes of Elkhorn with the Carnegie Medal, awarded by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The Carnegie Medal is North America’s highest honor for civilian heroism.

“Frank’s initiative and courageous action helped save lives,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “He’s a true Nebraska hero and well deserving of the Carnegie Medal. Stepping up to help a neighbor in need is something Nebraskans do every day. Frank’s bravery is a fantastic example of the spirit of Nebraskans.”

On September 25, 2020, Mr. Axiotes witnessed a three-vehicle crash while driving on I-80 in Lincoln. He immediately pulled over and ran to the crash scene to help as fire began to spread among the vehicles.

He pulled a 9-year-old Lucas Daly out of the back of a Chevrolet Trailblazer to safety. He then worked with another passerby to break a window to rescue the boy’s 21-year-old sister, Maddie Daly. Thanks to the bravery of Mr. Axiotes and fellow motorists who gave aid, four people were transported from the crash site to hospitals with only minor injuries.

“We are thrilled for Frank for receiving this honor,” said Colonel Bolduc. “His heroic actions made the difference in this case and they serve as inspiration for us all. We can all make a difference for others if we’re willing to act when others need help, just like Frank did for Maddie and Lucas.”

Over 10,000 individuals have received a Carnegie Medal since its inception in 1904. The award is given to civilians who risk extreme danger in an attempt to give life-saving assistance. To learn more about the award, click here .

Last September, the Nebraska State Patrol honored Frank Axiotes with its citizen Public Service Award for his heroism.

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