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Midlothian doctor who risked his life to save woman, honored with Carnegie medal

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 20:05:02-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Midlothian doctor who risked his life to rescue a woman from a frozen pond was honored for his heroism Wednesday along with 24 others across the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Matthew Bartholomew received the Carnegie medal Wednesday, given to recognize outstanding acts of selfless heroism.

We first told you about Dr. Bartholomew in February of 2015 after he helped rescue a Chesterfield woman who became trapped inside her car after she slid into a retention pond during a snowstorm.

Dr. Matthew Bartholomew

Dr. Matthew Bartholomew

He was driving home during the storm when he saw a car in the pond off Charter Colony Parkway.

The doctor jumped into the icy retention pond and eventually smashed out the back window of the car and pulled the woman to safety.

“I could have easily gone home and not gotten gas that day, so I’m in awe of how God works,” Bartholomew said after the rescue. “He put me there for a reason and I was able to be his tool. I’m grateful and thankful to God for that.”

The Carnegie medal, established by Andrew Carnegie, awards those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.