Indiana man to receive Carnegie Medal for heroic rescue effort of siblings from fire
CHICAGO - A Lafayette, Indiana man is receiving what's considered the nation's highest honor for civilian heroism: the Carnegie Medal.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission says Nicholas Bostic earned the honor after saving four children and their 18-year-old sister from a fire last summer.
The former pizza delivery driver was on his way home when he spotted the flames.
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Police say Bostic entered through an open back door, woke up the sleeping family and helped them get out.
He then ran back inside, found another child and jumped out a second story window with the girl in his arms.
The commission says Bostic spent three days in the hospital due to burns, smoke inhalation, and a laceration to his arm.
Bostic says before the rescue, he was battling drug addiction, but has been clean ever since and is working on pursuing a dream of becoming a police officer.