Carnegie Awards 2007
Three Georgia teenagers became some of the youngest people to be awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism in the 100-year history of the medal. The north Fulton residents, Kyle DeLapp and Hooman Nourparvar of Roswell, Georgia and Steven M. Gartner of Alpharetta had journeyed to Destin, Florida for a few days rest and relaxations. On April 1, 2006, however, the Destin beach had been posted as dangerous because of a potentially deadly "rip tide" a few yards off the shore, so the boys were playing a game of Frisbee on the beach.
During the game they heard a woman yelling at some children in the water. They approached her to see if she needed help, but her immediate response was "No." About 30 seconds later the women asked if the boys were strong swimmers and the rescue attempt began. Walking into the surf, the three students saw four children, ages 9 to 13, three boys and a girl. When they reached the rip current, Kyle, Hooman, and Steven began swimming towards the children.
Pushing and pulling the children, the heros swam with the rip tide, moving diagonally towards shore. About 15 minutes after the start of the rescue the children were safely on shore and the young men, exhausted, returned to their rented beach house. When they realized the police had arrived they returned to the beach, where they were congratulated on their heroism.