Michael J. Manley was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal on Saturday before family and friends, celebrating the life of a man deemed a “humble hero.”
Honoring individuals who risked their lives to save another, the hero fund commission recognizes civilians whose heroic acts are not required as an on-the-job responsibility such as a firefighter or police officer. Manley was announced as an honoree last September after rescuing his elder teenage son, Andrew Short, from drowning off a Virginia coast in 2015.
At the North Quarter Creole in Wilmington, Eric P. Zahren, executive director of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, presented Manley’s girlfriend of more than 10 years, Amy Jo Fosdick, and their 5-year-old son, Michael Manley Jr., with the medal honoring his heroic actions on Sept. 27, 2015.
“Heroes are very humble people,” Zahren said before the ceremony. “I know Michael is with us here today and is probably saying he doesn’t deserve all of this and what he did wasn’t heroic and downplay it … but I tell everybody that I come in contact with, certainly in regard to the commission’s work, do it anyway. It’s important.