GJ man’s courage near Moab makes list of Carnegie heroes

A Grand Junction man who saved a family of four from drowning last year near Moab, Utah, was among the 20 winners of Carnegie medals for heroism announced late Wednesday.

Kenneth M. Goss, 38, a deliveryman for Sentinel Express, was driving along the Colorado River east of Moab when he saw an overturned raft and four people in the water in April 2010.

Goss swam to rescue the victims — a 1-year-old, a 3-year-old and their parents — and later was hospitalized for hypothermia. He saved the lives of the Broadbent family, David, Judi, Silas and Jachin.

After the rescue last year, Goss shrugged off the attention.

“I had to,” Goss told the Daily Sentinel, when asked why he chose to jump in the icy river toward reaching a father, mother and two young children who had flipped their raftoff Utah Highway 128, roughly 15 minutes east of Moab.

“There was just no way I was going to be able to throw anything at them that far out,” said Goss, a Redlands resident and former firefighter in his native Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced the honors today for individuals from the United States and Canada who risked their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.

Another honoree was a retired New Jersey police officer who was fatally injured while rescuing a woman from a domestic assault.

Carmen DeGregorio, 51, of Millville, N.J., intervened when he saw a man trying to kidnap his girlfriend by shoving her into the trunk of a car at a convenience store in 2007.

DeGregorio freed the woman and fought off her boyfriend, Christopher Robinson, who then ran him down in the parking lot.

DeGregorio, a former member of the Millville police force, sustained serious head injuries and died two days later. Robinson later pleaded guilty to murder and attempted kidnapping and is serving 30 years in prison.

Carnegie medalists, or their heirs, receive financial grants. More than $33.1 million has been awarded to 9,432 honorees since the fund’s inception in 1904.

Steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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