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Young Boy Who Died Trying to Save Dad Wins Bravery Medal

Local fire chief calls the boy a 'hero'

(Newser) - As a raging fire burned through the three-story brick home of a family in Norristown, Pa., a 12-year-old boy watching the flames grew increasingly worried about his father, who was still recovering from hip-replacement surgery. Not realizing that his dad, Sanford Harling Jr., who was 58, had jumped out of... More »

A Drive-Thru Worker Just Redefined Customer Service

He jumps out window to save unconscious customer in SUV

(Newser) - McDonald's employee Pedro Viloria doesn't typically jump through the drive-thru window, but a shocking moment during his Tuesday breakfast shift in Doral, Florida, led him to do just that. Now, he's being deemed a hero for his quick actions. Mashable reports that after handing over an order... More »

4-Year-Old Braves Siberian Wolves, Snow to Help Grandma

Saglana Salchak hiked for miles after her elderly grandmother fell ill

(Newser) - Most preschoolers face foes on the playground, but Saglana Salchak recently spent hours fighting off subzero temperatures, hunger, and the threat of wolves as she hiked for miles through Siberia to seek help for her ailing grandmother. The Guardian reports that the then-4-year-old, who lived with her elderly grandparents in... More »

After Car Falls on Dad, 8-Year-Old Son Rescues Him

JT Parker can't explain how he had the strength to jack it up

(Newser) - "Jack it up quick" are the last words Stephen Parker recalls yelling before passing out, the weight of his Toyota Prius slowly crushing him. The only one around to hear him was his 8-year-old son, JT. The elder Parker and his 17-year-old son, Mason, had been working on the... More »

New Mom Dies in Fire, but Saves Her Newborn

Straps baby into a car seat and drops her from second-floor window

(Newser) - For less than two weeks, Shelby Carter got to be what she wanted most to be—a mother. Now her friends and family in Wyoming, Ill., are honoring the sacrifice she made to save her newborn daughter, reports KWQC . Carter, who had just turned 21 on Sunday, was alone with... More »

Cops: Boy, 11, Helped Save Girl From Kidnapper

Texas boy saw man snatch girl off scooter

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was saved from a kidnapper thanks to the impressive actions of 11-year-old TJ Smith, say police in Wichita Falls, Texas. TJ tells KAUZ that he saw alleged kidnapper Raeshawn Perez grab the girl when she was playing outside Saturday afternoon. "She was riding her scooter and... More »

Hero Driver Saves 20 Kids From Burning Bus

'My biggest reward is my babies are safe': Maryland bus driver Renita Smith

(Newser) - If you want any bus driver taking your kids to and from school, it's Renita Smith. That's likely the feeling of nearly two dozen sets of parents in Maryland's Prince George's County after Smith yanked their children off a school bus that burst into flames Monday,... More »

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader... More »

Cops: Grandma Dies Saving Kids From Sex Offender

Candy Arthurs, 45, was stabbed in the heart

(Newser) - Amanda Gibson's mother always told her she would die for her grandchildren. "That's exactly what she did," Gibson says. Police say Kristopher Amos, who lives down the street from Gibson in Columbus, Ohio, asked Candy Arthurs and her two grandchildren to help him find a missing... More »

Video Appears to Show 'Hero' Trying to Stop Truck in Nice

Motorcyclist, others seen chasing vehicle early

(Newser) - This video out of Nice, France, shows what appears to be people trying to stop a truck before it begins its rampage through crowds of people Thursday, reports Australia's 9News . It's difficult to make out exactly what's happening, but people—it's not clear whether they're... More »

Runner Always Finishes Last, Is Winning Anyway

Jamie Watts didn't learn to walk until she was 3

(Newser) - The day after Jamie Watts turned 33 in June 2014, she took a picture at the start line of a race near Washington, DC, not knowing if she'd be able to finish. Born with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen that damaged certain motor functions... More »

Climber Abandons Everest Peak to Save Stranger

'I owe my life to him,' Sunita Hazra says of Leslie Binns

(Newser) - Leslie Binns was just 12 hours and 1,650 feet from the Everest summit on May 21 when an Indian woman slipped during her descent and came barreling toward him. "All I could hear were the screams of terror as the person gained momentum," he tells the BBC... More »

A 'Pirate' Averted Disaster in the Chesapeake Bay

After hearing a mayday call, Jeremy Shockley rescued 22 people

(Newser) - Chesapeake Bay crabber Jeremy Shockley calls himself a "pirate," but a lot of other people are calling him a hero. He was at a dock in Maryland Wednesday evening when he heard a mayday call, grabbed a crew, and rescued 22 people, including 14 children, whose boat had... More »

With 3 Seconds Until Impact, Train Driver Plays the Hero

He ran through train to warn passengers

(Newser) - A train operator had just three seconds to react when he noticed his passenger train was about to crash into a truck partially blocking the track ahead near Wagrowiec, Poland. He apparently used the time wisely: In what is being called a heroic move, security footage shows the driver sprinting... More »

Girl, 5, Pulls Drowning Mom to Shallow End of Pool

As soon as she turned her mother over she ran for help

(Newser) - Last Friday was a normal "mommy-daughter" day for Tracy Anderwald and her 5-year-old daughter, Allison. The two were playing Marco Polo in a backyard pool in Portland, Texas, but the next thing Anderwald knew, she was waking up in a nearby hospital without a clue as to how she... More »

10-Year-Old Hero Dies Saving Toddler From Runaway Car

'She sacrificed herself for another small child'

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl is being remembered as a hero after she died saving a 2-year-old from a runaway car on Monday in Lakeside, California, Fox 5 San Diego reports. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune , Kiera Larsen and at least one other child were playing in and around a parked... More »

Lifeguard Didn't Know He Was Saving Heir to Throne

Nick Malcolm rescued Denmark's Prince Christian, 10, from perilous Aussie riptide

(Newser) - A lifeguard on Australia's Gold Coast saved a 10-year-old boy from rough waters Thursday, except it wasn't just any 10-year-old boy: It was Denmark's Prince Christian, on vacation with his family, 7 News Australia reports. The young heir to the throne was caught in a riptide at... More »

Story of How US Soldier Saved 200 Jews Finally Told

Roddie Edmonds honored for his remarkable move in POW camp

(Newser) - Roddie Edmonds is the first US soldier to receive Israel's Righteous Among the Nations honor, 70 years after he risked his life to save 200 Jews. The native of Knoxville, Tenn., was captured in the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944 and held at German POW camp Staleg... More »

Passerby Saves 83-Year-Old From Burning Home

Her wheelchair got stuck as she tried to escape

(Newser) - A passing construction worker saved the life of a disabled woman on Wednesday after noticing smoke billowing from her home in Milton, Vermont. Marie O'Connor, 83, was home alone and cooking when a grease fire erupted around 10:30am. She tried to escape, but her battery-operated wheelchair got stuck... More »

'True Hero' of Stabbing Rampage Emerges

Suspect is identified as 18-year-old student Faisal Mohammad

(Newser) - Byron Price was finishing up a construction job at UC Merced on Wednesday when he heard an uproar from inside a classroom. Expecting to find a fight, "I went to open the door to break it up and see if everybody was okay and they all screamed 'run'... More »

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