Lowrie award

Monroe County’s Donald Lowie has been awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal for his heroic efforts in saving a girl from two attacking dogs. Here, Lowrie, left, is seen with Monroe County Commissioner Sylvia Murphy receiving the 2018 Employee of the Year award.

Monroe County Fleet Management mechanic generator technician and 2018 county Employee of the Year Donald Lowrie will be awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal, the highest honor for civilian heroism in the United States, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission recently announced.

On May 6, 2018, Lowrie saved an 8-year-old girl who was being attacked by two dogs in her home. After hearing screaming in his neighbor’s home, Lowrie responded and the dogs chased him, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs and break his wrist, among other injuries. One of the dogs bit him in several places, while the other stood nearby, barking. Lowrie held the dog by its collar until the attack ceased. Both the girl and Lowrie were taken to the hospital with major injuries requiring surgery. Both have since recovered.

“If it wasn’t for Mr. Lowrie’s actions, things may have been much worse,” Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson said. “Mr. Lowrie did not hesitate to put himself in danger, possibly saving the life of a small child.”

Lowrie lives in Islamorada and is the only recipient from Florida out of the 16 others being honored for entering a dangerous or life-threatening situation to rescue others. A total of 10,185 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based fund’s inception in 1904.

Lowrie joins three other Florida Keys Carnegie Medal heroes: Gertrude Bush, 16, who in 1915 saved someone from drowning in Key West; C. Raymond Shook, 52, who in 1970 died trying to save a fisherman who fell off an Islamorada bridge; and Patrick McGeogh, Jr, 26, of Key West, who in 2006 was honored for saving someone stuck in a submerged car in Texas.

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