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Goode receives Carnegie Medal

Posted: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Keno Goode displays his Carnegie Hero medal.

San Carlos — Keno Goode of Airport 79, San Carlos, has received a medal from the Carnegie Fund Hero Commission. An incident on Sept. 14, 2012, was reported in the Copper Country News and caught the Commission’s attention.

Keno and others were at a raging stream, when Keno spotted three children trapped by the rapidly rising waters. Two made it across, but a girl was stranded. Fearing that she would try to cross and be swept away, Keno left his crutches as he slid down the bank and entered the water. He tried to swim, but couldn’t maintain direction in the moving water. He tried wading, lost footing and went under, but floundered his way to the girl. He found footing in the brush as the waters swirled around their feet, until rescuers with ropes finally got them off.

The girl’s family brought her to Keno’s house, first to thank him, and more recently, to see the Carnegie Medal.

Keno has gone swimming in the creek just once since then. He swam fine, but then couldn’t get out. Fortunately Game and Fish came by and fished him out. He never tried it again!

Keno is a thick, muscular ex-firefighter, but has neck and back pain. He was told that surgery was too risky, given his age and weight. He didn’t want the Percodan he was offered, and the crutches were making the pain worse. Since the incident, he found that a walker worked better. He used it for everything, and recently broke it. Another wouldn’t be covered, said the local health service. They gave him a cane instead. Actually, walking more normally with the cane, he’s feeling better.

The Carnegie Medal came with a $5,000 award, says Goode.

He was planning on some remodeling, or at least fixing his windows, but poof! It all went to bills. He likes the medal, with John 15:13 on the back.

He may be home alone too much, but his little grandkids come by and take him for a walk, saying, “Catch us!” (no chance!) or they say, “Let’s go to church!” Rescuers come in all sizes.

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