Lilly Price at The Capital Gazette:
The Capital journalist Wendi Winters has been posthumously awarded the highest honor for civilian heroism in the U.S. and Canada, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced Monday.
Survivors credit Winters for saving their lives when she picked up a trash can and recycling bin and charged a gunman who blasted through the glass doors of The Capital’s office on June 28, 2018. Winters was shot and killed trying to protect her colleagues. Four other employees were killed in the shooting: Rebecca Smith, Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara.
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission was created in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie to recognize outstanding acts of selfless heroism performed in the United States and Canada. The commission awards the Carnegie Medal to those who risk their lives while saving or attempting to save the lives of others, and describes it as the highest civilian award for heroism in the nation.
The U.S. Senate approved legislation this month known as the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. The act authorizes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to begin planning and raising funds to create a national memorial that honors slain journalists. The bill now is on President Donald Trump’s desk awaiting his signature.
The Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation announced plans for the memorial more than a year ago, near the one-year mark of the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom.
Another memorial to honor the five slain Capital Gazette staffers called “Guardians of Free Speech” is set to be unveiled in Newman Park in 2021 on the third anniversary of the shooting.