PITTSBURGH (July 2, 2014) Kenneth Brandon Cowart, 38, of Denison, who died in 2012 while trying to save two boys from drowning, was honored posthumously Wednesday in Pittsburgh by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.
He was one of 22 heroes honored Wednesday.
Cowart was fishing in June 2012 when the two boys, ages 13 and 11, were wading in the Red River below a dam when they were trapped by a surge of water released from the dam.
Cowart tried to reach the boys, but also became trapped in the surging water.
Firefighters were able to rescue the 11-year-old and the 13-year-old managed to make it to safety on his own, but Cowart drowned.
The Carnegie Hero awards are named for Pittsburgh industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people.
The commission has given away more than $36 million to nearly 10,000 honorees or their families since its inception in 1904.