Hero lives right here in Alanson
Rostar, 49, of Alanson, was recently named a recipient of a Carnegie Hero Fund medal, one of 25 civilians around the United States and Canada awarded for bravery and heroism in everyday life. The medals are awarded four times a year. Three of the awardees in this latest round died in the performance of their heroic acts.
Steel baron Andrew Carnegie was inspired to start the fund in 1904 after hearing rescue stories from a mine disaster that killed 181 people, according to the Carnegie program.
Rostar was awarded for rescuing his friend Robert "Bob" Wiley, 65 at the time, from an attacking bull at Wiley's farm in Alanson on April 18, 2009.
Rostar was visiting the farm when he heard his friend call for help from the barn. Wiley was moving his 1,800-pound bull through a passageway of his barn when it turned on him, took him to the floor, and pinned him by the chest against the frame of a passageway door.
As the bull attacked Wiley, Rostar whacked it over the head twice with a shovel driving the bull off -- fearing his friend was dead. He was able to lock the bull out of that area of the barn before speeding off in his vehicle to get to a phone and call for an ambulance. He rushed back and coaxed the bull into a pasture, thinking that emergency responders would not be able to help Wiley if the bull remained loose.
Wiley was seriously injured but survived and nominated Rostar for the hero award.
"Tim certainly fits that criteria," Wiley told the Petoskey News-Review. "He did it instantly and without that help I would be dead, so I think he's a true hero."
Also named Carnegie heros in the same announcement were two downstate men who rescued a pair of swimmers off the Petoskey State Park in August of 2010.
Rickie D. McDowell Jr., of Lincoln Park, and Kevin Moss, of Southgate, saved Michael L. Harris and Craig W. Noble (who'd gone out in an attempt to help Harris) at the state park when very strong rip currents overcame the swimmers.
Without the selfless acts of all these people, there is little doubt that the events in question would have ended in tragedy.
So, congratulations to Rostar, McDowell and Moss for taking action and saving lives.