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Honor for Nashua EMT killed helping women

A 27-year-old EMT from Nashua who was stabbed to death while defending his two roommates was posthumously awarded a Carnegie Hero award.

Paul Frontiero was killed in October 2011 when 21-year-old Matthew Packer attacked two women. Frontiero intervened and was stabbed to death. Packer later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving 52 years in prison.

The Carnegie Hero awards are named for Pittsburgh industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who was inspired by stories of heroism during a coal mine disaster that killed 181 people, including a miner and an engineer who died trying to rescue others.

The commission investigates stories of heroism and awards medals and cash grants. It has given away more than $36 million to nearly 10,000 awardees or their families since 1904.

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