THE SWEDISH CARNEGIE HERO FUND
In the beginning of 1911 the American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, born in Scotland, offered Sweden 230 000 US Dollars to establish a Swedish Hero Fund. The Swedish Government approved the by-laws for the Swedish Carnegie Hero Fund on October 6th, 1911.
The main purpose of the statutes was:
"To give awards to persons who voluntarily or otherwise beyond what may be deemed to be their duty, have, by some gallant action in the peaceful walks of life risked their lives in order to save human lives in the territory of Sweden and on Swedish ships."
For many years the fund offered money to those who had suffered when saving or trying to save lives. Nowadays the social insurance system in Sweden normally helps in such situations. Today the award consists of a gold watch with inscription, a diploma and a sum of money. More than
2385 Carnegie Awards have been given since 1912.
As the number of heroes had deccreased during the years and the fund had more money than it could give to heroes, the by-laws were in 1993 amended so that the fund, at second hand, can support research which can be of importance to save human lives in connection with accidents.The fund has hereafter, besides awards to heroes, given financial support to different medical research projects and other projects such as the training of a dog which will be skilled in water rescue and locating victims under water and in burning houses.
The members of the board are also members of the board of a fund established by Mr Edvard Rosén who was rescued from drowning 40 years ago. The person who saved his life was given an award by the Swedish Carnegie Hero Fund. Edvard Roséns fund shall according to its by-laws support the Carnegie Hero Fund. From this fund awards can be given to those who have shown bravery beyond the call of duty, even if they have not risked their own lives. Money has been given to the Swedish Sea Rescue Society for a Lifeboat named Carnegiestiftelsen based in the Baltic Sea on Gotland, the largest island in Sweden.
Chairman of the board is Ann-Christine Lindeblad, justice of the Supreme Court, and vice chairman is Hans Lagerhorn, former chief of the fire brigade in Stockholm. They are both officially appointed. The other six members of the board represent different skills such as lifesaving on ice, fire fighting, sea rescue, medicine and education and are appointed by the board. The Ambassador of the United States of America in Stockholm is an honorary member of the board. The board meets three times a year. The Swedish Carnegie Fund has no staff besides an executive Secretary of the Ulf Köping-Höggård.
Awards being given 2009, 2010 and 2011 from Carnegiestiftelsen
Research support for projects 2009, 2010 and 2011