INDIANAPOLIS - The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission is honoring an Indianapolis man who jumped from a bridge in downtown Indianapolis to save a stranger flailing in frigid water.
The Pittsburgh-based commission announced Wednesday it will present a medal and cash award to 53-year-old retired air traffic controller Keith Smedema.
Smedema was riding his bike in White River State Park in February 2013 when he saw a woman struggling in the 4-foot-deep White River Thursday and jumped in to rescue her. Officials estimated the jump at about 40 feet.
Smedema took the woman to a sandbar where they remained for a half-hour until a rescue crew reached them. Emergency officials said at the time both had hypothermia but no life-threatening injuries.