H-PASO ROBLES

Feb 11, 2012 2:33 AM by Ariel Wesler

Hero medal stolen from Paso Robles woman

A Paso Robles woman is asking for the community's help to recover a medallion stolen from her home. The medal is from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The organization hands out the awards to civilians every year who risk their lives to save others.

Cat Rowley and her family were on vacation when they say thieves broke in, stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables. Among them was an item full of sentimental value.

A house sitter discovered it was missing a little more than a week ago.

"It was a special item that I was given," Rowley said.

She was awarded the Carnegie Medal two years ago for rescuing two strangers from the water at Cambria's Moonstone Beach in 2008.

"I heard the scream for help and it was at that second I told my mother-in-law. You need to watch the boys and I just took off running," Rowley said.

She had never heard of the award until someone nominated her.

"I don't know still to this date where the nomination came from," Rowley said.

Each bronze medal is personalized on the back and comes with a certificate.

"I really feel that god put me there that day to be part of something bigger than just everyday life," she said. "It is something that I see, our family sees everyday and just the remembrance to do something for others."

Now, Rowley is asking for someone to do something for her. Return it, no questions asked.

"A lot of it is replaceable and it's just stuff, but there are a few things that are items that you may never get back," she said.

An irreplaceable reminder of her extraordinary deed.

"It is definitely a times, ten, hundred, fold meaning for me than it would ever be for them. Now, I just have the empty box to look at."

Rowley has filed already police report with Paso Robles Police Department. She is just the second person in San Luis Obispo County to receive the Carnegie Medal since it was first awarded back in 1904.

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