Utah brothers win national award for helping victims of plane crash

Utah brothers Lyle and Brad Berglund didn’t hesitate when they saw a plane crash into a field last summer in Centerville. The pair pulled their car off the road and ran to pull the occupants out of the plane, suffering minor burns in the process.

Now, the brothers are among 18 people across the country who have been given the 2021 Carnegie Medal. The medals are awarded to individuals who “perform acts of heroism in civilian life.”

Unfortunately, the plane’s occupants did not survive. The owner and pilot of the “experimental” plane, Andre Kostrzewa, died after he was transported to a hospital. Lt. Jason Sorensen, 47, a retired deputy and paramedic for Davis County, was critically injured in the crash and died five days later.

The Davis County Sheriff’s Office thanked the Berglunds on Twitter for their role in trying to save Kostrzewa and Sorensen.

In addition to the brothers, Norman Tanner Olsen of Salt Lake City was awarded a medal for saving a man at a campground near Kamas. The man had spilled gasoline on himself while trying to start a fire and accidentally set himself alight. Olsen tackled the man to the ground and used his own body to help smother the flames, according to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Both men were treated for severe burns.