Denison drowning victim honored with Carnegie Hero award

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DENISON, TX -- A Denison man who jumped into the Red River to save two boys two years ago is being honored posthumously by a national organization.

Kenneth Brandon Cowart died while trying to save two boys from drowning in Cartwright, in June 2012.

He was 38 years old.

Wednesday, The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced Cowart is one of this year's honorees.

The 22 heroes are being recognized Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

The Carnegie Hero awards are named for Pittsburgh industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people.

The commission has given away more than $36 million dollars to nearly 10,000 awardees or their families since its inception in 1904.