Millcreek teen hero nominated for Carnegie Medal. He rescued a woman from a submerging car.

A McDowell High School senior has been nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

The medals are North America’s highest honor for heroism. They are awarded by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund four times each year to honor selfless acts performed within the previous two years.

Zachary Coverdale, 17, has been nominated for the award by Millcreek Township for rescuing a woman trapped in her car in a pond last summer.

“Zach’s selfless actions demonstrate a true act of heroism. He did not hesitate to put his own life at risk to save the life of someone else. Who among us would do the same? Zach personifies what it means to be a hero,” Millcreek Township Supervisor Kim Clear said.

Coverdale heard a crash near his Norcross Road home on July 4. He ran outside and saw a car going backward into a pond. When he got there, the car was in about five feet of water and pressure prevented the injured woman driver from opening its door more than a few inches.

The rescue:Millcreek teen frees driver from car submerging in pond

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