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Congressional Life Saving Medal (gold)

The Congressional Life Saving Medal (in gold and silver) was authorized by an Act of Congress on June 20, 1874 to be bestowed to a U.S Citizen who rescues or attempts the rescue of any person from drowning, shipwreck or other peril of the water, or to the rescuer of a U.S. citizen. The medal may be awarded for a heroic rescue or attempted rescue with the risk of loss of life to the rescuer within the boundaries of the United Statesmarker or territories.

The Department of the Treasury initially gave the award, but today the United States Coast Guard awards it through the Department of Homeland Securitymarker.

There are two versions of the medal, one in silver (with the inscription "Life Saving Medal of the Second Class") and the other in gold, awarded in cases of extreme heroism (with the inscription "Life Saving Medal of the First Class").

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