OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Owensboro Commissioners honored a man who died while trying to save the life of a 12-year-old boy.

Steven Wahler died in October 2017 while on vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama after responding to a mother’s request to help save her son from the rough waves.

Wahler was able to get the boy onto a boogie board and pushed him towards the shore.

However, Wahler was carried away by the water and did not survive.

And a man who was trying to save Wahler died as well.

The Commissioners presented the Carnegie Medal to Tami Wahler — Steven’s wife.

“He’s a hero to all of us and always will be. Like the mayor said I know he’s watching down looking at us right now. Steve this is for you. We love you and are so proud of you.“

Mayor Tom Watson says this was a big honor for Wahler and well-deserved.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded in the US and Canada to those who risk their lives while saving or attempting to save others.

For more information on the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, click here.

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(This story was originally published on June 4, 2019)