Karl Kermit Klees

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Karl Kermit Klees - Carnegie Hero Medals Given 9 rom State ....
Carnegie Hero Medals Given 9 rom State . PITTSBURG, Nov. 1 Nine Pennsylvanians two of whom lost their lives trying to save others received recognition tonight from the Carnegie hero fund commis sion. Medals were awarded posthumously to John S. Korfonta, 46, Star- ford, killed in a mine accident in Indiana county, and to Karl K. Klees. 20, of R. D. No. 3, Cat&wissa, who died May 28. 1935, attempting to save Charles E. Derr, 23, from drowning in Catawissa1 creek. Kor fonta 'a widow received a -pension also. Others who received medals are John C. Resovsky, 27, and Frank L. Russell, jr., also of Starford; .J. Clair Irvin, 41, of Commodore; Roser P. Dorcy of 102 W. Lincoln avenue, New Castle, and Hildred B. EKvell, 41, an auditor, of 514 Her- sehel street, Pittsburg; Geraldlne Moyer, 13, of 138 N. Penn avenue, Telford, and Arlington F. Lewis, 12, of 24 N. Hellerman avenue, Quakertown. The mine accident, which occurred March 11, 1935, claimed the life of Francis R. Yaros, 21, also. A rock fall pinned Yaros. Kor fonta, Resovsky, Russell and Irvin went to his aid. As Korfonta crawled over the rock to help the others with a crowbar, another rock fell on him. The others succeeded in freeing Yaros. They carried him and Korfonta outside. Yaros was dead. Korfonta succumbed several hours later. Derr's shouts attracted Klees aft er the (former slipped from a rock into deep water. Klees sank with Derr soon after reaching him. Both drowned. The medal was sent to Klees' father, Charles H. Klees. Dorcy received his medal for saving several children from being struck by a runaway automobile in Butler on November 22, 1934. Dorcy, driving a truck up a steep slope, saw a drlverless automobile moving down slowly. Remembering he saw the children approach ing the street from a side street, Dorcy, 24, ran to the automobile, jumped on the running board and attempted to open a door. The automobile swerved suddenly and Dorcy fell to the street, still clinging to the handle. He was dragged five feet in a half-reclining position until the automobile struck his truck. It pinned Dorcy against the truck, He received lacerations of both legs and a fractured wrist.

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  1. Altoona Tribune,
  2. 02 Nov 1935, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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