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Police: Mom Tries to Drown Teens, Man Saves Them

Authorities say the New Jersey woman drove her van into a river Tuesday night

(Newser) - A woman tried to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into a river, police say, but all four of them were rescued by a man who said he heard screaming from the partially submerged vehicle. Authorities say Joann Smith, 49, of Florence Township, NJ, drove the van... More »

Boy, 9, Saves Dad After Remote Snowmobile Crash

Marin County youth rides for miles to get help for injured father

(Newser) - A fourth-grader is being hailed as a hero for keeping his cool and saving his dad's life after a snowmobile accident, reports KTVU-TV . Bode Beirdneau, 9, and his father were snowmobiling in South Lake Tahoe when dad John Taylor lost control of his machine and ended up pinned beneath... More »

Mom Turns Self Into 'Speed Bump' to Save Twins

She uses body to slow rolling car

(Newser) - A Massachusetts mom who saw her driverless car rolling backward toward traffic down a sloped driveway—with her 2-year-old twins inside—did the only thing she could think of: "I had to use myself as a speed bump," she tells WCVB . It worked. Mindy Tran of Lawrence suffered... More »

Firefighter's 3 Kids Rescued, by His Own Wife

Rachelle Flatt got them out as house was burning and crews were on the way

(Newser) - A mother in Washington state rescued her three young children from a house fire before firefighters arrived at the scene, reports KREM . It's all the more remarkable because her husband was one of those firefighters rushing to get there. The drama began Tuesday night when Rachelle Flatt of Spokane... More »

5-Year-Old Saves Diabetic Father's Life

Holly Price found her dad in diabetic coma

(Newser) - A British man who fell into a diabetic coma in the wee hours of Saturday morning has his 5-year-old to thank for his life. Barry Barkess, who has been insulin dependent for 33 years, fell into a hypoglycemic coma shortly after midnight. Daughter Holly Price woke up in the middle... More »

Young Hero Named Honorary Firefighter at Funeral

Tyler Doohan remembered for saving 6

(Newser) - Tyler Doohan—the 9-year-old who got six people out of a burning trailer but died trying to help two others—receive a hero's sendoff today in upstate New York, reports WHAM 13 . "We consider him an honorary firefighter," says the fire chief in Penfield, who presented Tyler'... More »

Man Killed Trying to Save Another From Train

California Good Samaritan is dead, while other person survived

(Newser) - Those who knew Philip Scholz couldn't figure out why he got so close to the tracks on Monday that he ended up being struck and killed by a commuter train in Santa Clara, California. Now they know: He was trying to save a life. Caltrain surveillance video shows that... More »

8-Year-Old Saves 6 in Fire, Is Killed Himself

Investigators think he died trying to rescue 2 others

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy managed to wake six people and get them out of a burning trailer, but fire officials say the boy himself was killed as he tried to a disabled older relative, reports the Democrat and Chronicle . Fourth-grader Tyler Doohan is being mourned as a hero in Rochester, NY.... More »

Pakistan Teen Is Killed Saving School From Bomber

Aitizaz Hasan stopped suicide attack, say local reports

(Newser) - A 15-year-old kid in Pakistan is being hailed as a hero after local reports say he was killed while stopping a suicide bomber from entering his school. As the Express Tribune reports, Aitizaz Hasan was standing with two friends outside his school in Hangu when a man approached and said... More »

Girl, 13, Recounts How Dad Lost His Life to Save Her

Gracie Johnson survived rockslide that killed parents, sister, 2 cousins

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who survived a rockslide that killed her parents, her sister, and two cousins says she's alive today for one reason: her self-sacrificing dad. “I did cover myself, but I was just standing in the open," Gracie Johnson said on the Today show. "He... More »

92-Year-Old Meets Girl He Risked His Life to Save

John Shear put himself between her and a charging horse and took the brunt of it

(Newser) - Two years ago—at age 90—John Shear positioned himself between a charging horse and a 5-year-old girl about to get trampled. The girl emerged unhurt, and Shear survived as well, though he was in the hospital for weeks. Now back to his 30-pushups-a-day self, Shear finally got a chance... More »

Trump: I'm Giving Hero Bus Driver $10K

He tweets that reward is on the way for Buffalonian who saved woman

(Newser) - Assuming Donald Trump's tweet is as good as his word, a Buffalo bus driver is about to get a nice reward for rescuing a suicidal woman . Trump tweeted that he intends to give Darnell Barton $10,000 for his actions, reports WIVB-TV . "The bus driver who saved the... More »

Girl, 4, Runs Quarter-Mile in Dark to Save Dad

Michigan kid gets help when father falls unconscious

(Newser) - He's a former volunteer firefighter. She's his 4-year-old daughter. Guess which one ended up the hero? The Daily News of Iron Mountain, Michigan, says little Cadence Lucas saved her dad by running about a quarter-mile down a dark dirt road to get help after he knocked himself unconscious.... More »

Wounded Soldier's Salute Goes Viral

Josh Hargis managed it from hospital bed while getting Purple Heart

(Newser) - They're calling it the "salute seen around the world," reports . Injured Army Ranger Josh Hargis delivered it from a hospital bed in Afghanistan after being severely wounded in a suicide bombing earlier this month. The salute came while the Cincinnati native was being awarded a... More »

Rescued Pit Bull Saves Boy's Life

Sensed his low blood sugar and warned mom

(Newser) - Pit bulls don't get a lot of good press, but here's one pooch doing its part to change the breed's image: TatorTot, a rescued pit bull from Minneapolis possibly saved a 4-year-old boy's life after he sensed a dangerous drop in the youngster's blood sugar... More »

Deliveryman Carries Teen From Burning Vehicle

But it was too late to help her 5 friends inside

(Newser) - A car crash that claimed the lives of five young adults in California over the weekend might have claimed a sixth had a deliveryman not heard her screams, reports NBC Los Angeles . Juan Ganaja, who works for the Hook Burger chain, heard calls for help about 4:20am Saturday in... More »

Parents Catch Abusive Babysitter, Thanks to Dog

Killian's behavior alerted them that something wasn't right

(Newser) - A babysitter in South Carolina has confessed to physically abusing a 7-month-old boy in her care—and the child's parents give credit to the loyal family dog. As WCSC explains, they grew suspicious when their otherwise mellow dog, Killian, started routinely growling at the family's 21-year-old babysitter and... More »

Homeless Man Saves Cop From Attack

Wrestles her attacker to the ground

(Newser) - San Francisco cops have spent the past four days hunting for a homeless man ... so they could thank him for saving for saving an officer from an attack. On Monday, a lone female cop was responding to a woman seen jumping up and down on cars, say authorities. The woman... More »

Girl, 9, Drives Dad to Hospital

Esteria Smith grabbed wheel after father almost lost consciousness

(Newser) - When John Smith went to pick his daughter, Esteria, up from karate class on Monday, he started to feel a little strange. "I started thinking to myself, 'well, what's wrong with him?'" Esteria, 9, tells WJHG . Realizing that something was wrong, John told his daughter they... More »

Man Rescues Elderly Couple From Oncoming Train

He pushes their stalled car to safety while they were frozen in terror

(Newser) - An amazing close call in Iowa: A man pushed an elderly couple's stalled car from a railroad crossing with a freight train bearing down on them. Chris Ihle, 38, says he was returning from lunch Wednesday and had just parked his motorcycle at the bank where he works when... More »

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