Philly man honored for saving drowning victim

A Philadelphia man who saved another man from drowning in the Schuylkill River is one of the latest recipients of a Carnegie medal for heroism.

The Carnegie Hero Fund, which recognizes people who risk their lives to save others, announced its latest slate of hero medal recipients today. Medal winners or their survivors receive financial grants.

Christopher DeFelice is being honored for saving Enderson Tejada in April 2011. The 32-year-old web developer was rowing on the Schuylkill when he saw 20-year-old Enderson Tejada's car crash into the river and heard Tejada yelling that he couldn't swim.

DeFelice swam under water, brought Tejada to the surface, calmed him down and got him to the river bank, according to the fund.

Tejada was hospitalized for hypothermia and DeFelice did not suffer significant injuries.

Other Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents among the 22 recipients are:

Stacey Feiling, a 42-year-old office assistant from Mount Pleasant, Pa., who was fatally shot while aiding a domestic violence victim in June 2010.

Mark Garsteck, a 55-year-old sales representative, and John Swartz, a 47-year-old auto body technician, who helped constrain the assailant in the Mount Pleasant attack until police arrived and arrested him.

New Jersey police officers Jeffrey Caldwell, 43, of Frenchtown; Michael Pellegrino, 37, of Brick; and Frederick Dow, 49, of Ewing; who saved two people from a burning van that had crashed into a utility pole in Ewing in January 2012.

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