Carnegie Hero Medals Awarded Posthumously To Fournier, Govoni

Two Carnegie Hero Medals were recently awarded posthumously to Capt. William A. Fournier and seaman Daniel J. Govoni by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

The medallions are awarded annually by the commission, citing the heroic actions of one individual to save another's life.

Captain Founier and Mr. Govoni were awarded the 3-inch bronze medals for their actions on April 11 of last year, to rescue fellow crew member Richard Lisa, who was trapped in an oxygen-deficient hold of a barge owned by Penobscot Bay Towing Company of Belfast, Maine. Mr. Lisa survived the barge accident, but his two 20-year-old rescuers suffocated and drowned in two-feet of bilge water in the hold.

The men were part of a crew working aboard tugs and barges at the Penobscot Bay Towing Company, a subsidiary of Fournier Marine Corporation, at Marshall Wharf.

According to Walter Rutkowski, assistant secretary for the Carnegie Commission, a $2,500 honorarium was presented to the families of Captain Fournier and Mr. Govoni along with their medals.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  Feb 1986

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