Man who died trying to save teen in Sandbridge to be honored

Carnegie Hero Michael J. Manley, Sr. with his son, Michael, Jr. Credit: Carnegie Hero Fund/Family Photo

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WAVY) — A man who died trying to save his 17-year-old stepson from drowning in 2015 is being honored for his heroism by the Carnegie Hero Fund in Pittsburgh.

Michael Manely was visiting from Delaware when he leapt into action to save Andrew Short from a dangerous rip current. Manley tried to relax Short and get him to swim back to the shore, before he was pulled out to sea by the strong currents.

The hero fund says it awards Carnegie Medals in “recognition of acts of outstanding civilian heroism.” Manley is one of 25 people who is being honored with a medal this month.

Manley’s longtime girlfriend, Amy Fosdick, told 10 On Your Side in September of 2015 that they were in Sandbridge for a wedding that weekend. Fosdick said in 2015, “Michael’s the person that will go to aid anybody who needs it. That is Michael.”