CARNEGIE HERO: Matthew Schons rescued baby from house explosion - KMSP-TV

CARNEGIE HERO: Minn. man rescued baby from house explosion

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Matt Schons, with his Carnegie Award, at home in Tracy, Minn. Photo by Paul Blume / Fox 9 News Matt Schons, with his Carnegie Award, at home in Tracy, Minn. Photo by Paul Blume / Fox 9 News
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TRACY, Minn. (KMSP) -

Matthew Schons of Tracy, Minn. has been awarded a Carnegie Medal for Civilian Heroism for risking his own life to rescue a 2-month-old baby girl from a burning house in September 2012.

Sonja Timmons and her 3 children were critically injured when their home on Elm Street exploded the morning of Sept. 15. Witnesses said the explosion blew the chimney off the roof and sent glass flying across the street.

Schons, 25, heard the explosion and ran toward the house. Learning that 2-month-old Jadyn Timmons was still inside, he entered the living room through the front door and fought intense heat and dense smoke to reach the child.


"Despite flames burning throughout the room, Schons moved along its perimeter to search for Jadyn, not knowing her location. Passing within inches of the flames in deteriorating conditions, he found the crib in the far corner of the room. Schons picked Jadyn up and, cradling her in one arm while shielding her face with the other, fled outside to safety."

Timmons and her daughters – Jadyn, MKena and Kaylee – were hospitalized with serious burns, but survived and recovered.


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