On Wednesday The Town of Irondequoit presented Carnegie Hero Medal Awards to two men that saved the lives of two children in the water of Lake Ontario on August 19, 2017.
The two courageous men, Jason Sigelow and Phillip Orzech, were enjoying a hot summer day on Lake Ontario when they noticed that two children were in danger. The children had seemingly swum too far out in the water and were struggling to stay afloat. Without hesitation, the men jumped into the water to save the children. Mr. Sigelow tragically lost his life committing this act of heroism.
The Irondequoit Police Department initially nominated just Jason Sigelow for the award. Upon review, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission decided to present it to not only to Mr. Sigelow, but also to Phillip Orzech, the Connecticut resident that also sprung to action that day.
The Carnegie Hero Medal, established by Andrew Carnegie in 1904, is presented to individuals that display tremendous acts of bravery around the country. In a heartwarming ceremony, Town Supervisor Dave Seeley and the Irondequoit Police Department formally presented the medals to Phillip Orzeck and to the family of the late Jason Sigelow.