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Two Iowans honored after saving man from house fire

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File: Dec. 15, 2014 of Cory Simonson and Matthew Tranel the day after the fire. File: Dec. 15, 2014 of Cory Simonson and Matthew Tranel the day after the fire.
PITTSBURGH (KWWL) -

Two Iowans are being awarded with Carnegie Hero medals after saving a man whose wheelchair malfunctioned during a house fire in Maquoketa last year.

Matthew Tranel and Cory Simonson are two of 24 people honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission. They saw Harvey Untiedt's home on fire on Dec. 14, 2014. 

The fire broke out near Untiedt's Christmas tree, but one of the chair's wheels stopped working, trapping him between the kitchen and the living room. 

Matt Tranel is a volunteer firefighter in Maquoketa.  He was on his way to the fire station, as protocol dictates, when he passed near the burning house. Cory Simonson, a city council member in Maquoketa, lives just a block away and heard the call go out on the scanner.

Tranel busted down a door and he and Simonson crawled to Untiedt, together moving his wheelchair outside.

The commission's new honorees will be formally announced Thursday. The medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. It has given away $37.7 million to 9,821 awardees or their families since 1904.

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