Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards honored Louisiana State Police Senior Technician Steven Michael Paulus, recipient of the Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in recognition of an outstanding act of heroism. Gov. Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards presented the award to Paulus and his family during a brief ceremony in the Governor’s Office.
“Trooper Paulus is a hero, and his courage is an inspiring display of the good works carried out by our law enforcement officers who bravely protect and serve the people of our state,” said Gov. Edwards.
On February 19, 2016, Paulus rescued two young women from a smoking car on the southbound lanes of the Causeway Bridge. Paulus pulled both women from the car after finding the passenger door jammed shut. Mere moments after reaching safety, the car was engulfed in flames.
In 1904, industrialist-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie endowed a fund to recognize outstanding civilian heroism throughout the United States and Canada by those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. In 2017, Paulus was the only recipient from Louisiana.