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Hero teacher during Mattoon High School shooting awarded internationally given medal

Hero teacher during Mattoon High School shooting awarded internationally given medal

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MATTOON — The local hero known for subduing the teen responsible for the Mattoon High School shooting on Sept. 20, 2017, has been recognized for actions that day as a Carnegie Hero.

Angela McQueen, a math teacher at the high school, is one of 15 Americans and three Canadians to be awarded the Carnegie Medal by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, according to a news release from the commission. 

The Carnegie Medal is given throughout the U.S. and Canada to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others, the release read.

With this announcement of the 2019 recipients, the release states a total of 10,099 Carnegie Medals have been awarded since the Pittsburgh-based Fund’s inception in 1904.

Commission Chair Mark Laskow said each of the awardees or their survivors will also receive a financial grant, according to the release.

McQueen was recognized among the likes of others across the country including Van L. Anderson of Chattanooga, Tenn., who pulled a 3-year-old girl from the wreckage of a violent accident in which acid was pouring from a tanker into the pickup truck where she was located. 

McQueen has been recognized before by more local organizations like the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce for her actions that day. A scholarship fund was raised in honor of her as well. 

Josiah Lyons, the convicted shooter in the incident, was sentenced to serving time in an Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice facility until his 21st birthday barring he does not commit another crime or violate terms of his juvenile sentence.

Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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