Man who saved girl from Assawoman Bay in OC receives Carnegie Medal

BERLIN, Md. — A Maryland man who jumped into a bay from a bridge to rescue a drowning toddler has been awarded the Carnegie Medal, a national honor that recognizes civilians who put themselves in dangerous situations to save others.

Jonathan Bauer of Berlin is among the 17 medal recipients that the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced on Dec. 20.

The 51-year-old leapt 30 feet into the Assawoman Bay in Ocean City on May 2 to save a girl who was ejected from her family’s pickup truck during a five-vehicle crash on the Route 90 bridge.

A pickup truck hangs over the edge of the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City. An infant was ejected from the vehicle and thrown into the Assawoman Bay on May 2, 2021. (Courtesy Ocean City Fire Department)
This photo provided by the Ocean City Fire Department shows the wreckage from a car accident on the Route 90 bridge in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, May 2, 2021. (Ocean City Fire Department via AP)

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