October 21, 2014

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Spencer man awarded Carnegie Hero Medal for saving crash victims

Andrew Davis and Anna Merriman | The Gazette

Spencer resident Shane Robinson, with his wife, Brittney, was awarded a Carnegie Hero Medal on Wednesday for saving the lives of two people from a burning car last September in Huntington Township in Lorain County. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Spencer resident Shane Robinson, with his wife, Brittney, was awarded a Carnegie Hero Medal on Wednesday for saving the lives of two people from a burning car last September in Huntington Township in Lorain County. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Spencer residents Shane and Brittney Robinson were on their way home from a relative’s house last September when they came across a car in flames at the side of the road.

“Once we found out that people were in the car, we decided that we had to get them out,” Shane Robinson said. “We couldn’t watch them burn.”

Robinson, 24, was recognized for his heroic actions Wednesday with a national Carnegie Hero Medal.

Robinson pulled unconscious Alyssa Hovinetz, 24, and Jeffrey Burgos II, 23, out of their burning car after it went off the road and crashed into a concrete drain culvert in Huntington Township in Lorain County, Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Tim Hoffman said last year.

Robinson, who works for Armstrong Cable in Medina, said he had no prior lifesaving training.

“I just hoped someone would do that for me if I were in that situation,” he said.

Had it not been for Robinson, Hovinetz and Burgos would have burned in the car, authorities said at the time.

“He definitely saved their lives at that point,” Hoffman said in September.

Robinson won a “Real Hero” award from the Lorain County chapter of the American Red Cross in March for the rescue.

“You put yourself in their shoes,” Robinson said regarding his actions. “You want to help someone when you can.”

Robinson was among 22 people from across the United States and Canada to receive the Carnegie medal Wednesday. It is awarded to “those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others,” according to the Carnegie fund website.

The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund was started in 1904. Since then, $36.2 million has been given to Carnegie medal recipients or their families.

“Shane knowingly left a place of safety and entered a place of extreme danger,” Doug Chambers of the Carnegie Hero Fund said.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Anna Merriman at (440) 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.