UNDATED (KTHV/AP) - An Arkansas man who died while trying to save the life of a boy from a burning home will be awarded a Carnegie Hero medal.

TheCarnegie Hero Fund Commission is awarding medals for valor Wednesday to 18 people, including four who perished in their rescue attempts like Arkansas man Ricky D. Clinton.

Clinton died while trying to save Tyler French from a burning home in Mountain Pine Sept. 24, 2011. Tyler, 13, was spending the night at a friends' house when it caught fire. Clinton, the friend's father, found the fire and alerted everyone. As everyone was leaving the house, Tyler went back inside to get something, but then started screaming. Clinton went back in to help, but neither came back out.

After the fire was put out, the bodies of Clinton and Tyler were found inside. Both died of smoke inhalation.

The fire is being investigated as arson.

The commission chooses medal recipients four times a year. Other recipients include a 20-year-old Texas man who managed to disarm a gunman who'd shot his co-worker, and a 64-year-old California woman who saved a boy from knife-wielding men.

(Source: Carnegie Medal Commission, The Associated Press)

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