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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 »

US Airman and French Train Hero Gets Promoted

It's now Sgt. Spencer Stone to you

(Newser) - One of the three Americans who foiled a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August got himself a promotion Friday, NBC News reports. US airman Spencer Stone, 23, was promoted from airman first class to staff sergeant for his part in subduing the gunman. According to the Air Force ... More »

School Aide Thwarts Alleged Abduction En Route to Work

'It was kind of like a superwoman power thing. I can't believe it did that!'

(Newser) - Sandra Ferguson, a teacher's aide at Sutter Elementary School in Antioch, Calif., recognized a student at the school sitting in the front seat of a car while Ferguson was on her way to work Friday. Not recognizing the man, and noticing the 11-year-old girl looked frightened, Ferguson stopped and... More »

Vet, 75, Saves Kids From Knife-Wielding Attacker

He used his 50-year-old training to disarm man allegedly bent on killing children

(Newser) - A 75-year-old veteran used his Army knife-fight training to stop a man armed with two hunting knives from going after a roomful of children Tuesday at an Illinois public library, the Pekin Daily Times reports. Sixteen children were getting a chess lesson from James Vernon in a room at the... More »

Veteran Charged Oregon Shooter, Was Shot 5 Times

Chris Mintz, 30, now in stable condition after surgery

(Newser) - A sheriff is refusing to speak the name of Oregon school shooter Chris Harper Mercer, but this name does deserve to be spoken: Chris Mintz. Family members say the 30-year-old Army veteran and second-year student at Umpqua Community College charged Mercer in an attempt to protect others, was shot at... More »

Hero in Paris Train Attack Will Compete on DWTS

Alek Skarlatos, American who helped foil terror attack, will compete on ABC

(Newser) - Paula Deen and Gary Busey (who made his announcement on a horse last night) were the latest celebs to be revealed for this season's Dancing With the Stars roster, but there's an even newer entry who only recently became a star: Alek Skarlatos, one of the three... More »

Teen Saves Kidnapped Woman, Is Hailed as a Hero

Malyk Bonnet, 17, went out of his way to help a woman who looked scared

(Newser) - Canada is hailing a 17-year-old cook in Montreal a brave, resourceful hero after his quick thinking helped save a kidnapped woman. It all started on Saturday, Aug. 1, when Malyk Bonnet was heading home from work in the north end of Montreal and noticed a couple fighting at the bus... More »

Woman, 84, Helps Save 11 From Fire

She woke neighbors at 2am after seeing flames

(Newser) - Eleven people in Florida are alive today thanks in part to their elderly neighbor's difficulty sleeping. Carmen Rodriguez, 84, found herself awake about 2am when she smelled smoke, went outside to investigate, and saw flames consuming her apartment building in Jacksonville, reports the Florida Times-Union . She then went banging... More »

Town Honors Its Hero Dog

Little Leo defended a girl, paid with his life

(Newser) - Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. But not on this day. When a raging bull-mastiff cross-breed attacked a 10-year-old girl last year, the small dachsund jumped to her rescue, barking and biting at the dog way above his size and strength. Leo paid with... More »

'Hero Dog' Award Goes to a Cat

But not even dogs would argue with this one

(Newser) - For the first time, a Los Angeles shelter's Hero Dog award has gone to a cat. In May 2014, Tara the cat fought off a dog that attacked her 6-year-old owner as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of the family's Bakersfield home. Tara body-slammed Scrappy, a... More »

Florida Boys Save 2 Babies From Burning Home

Heroes' ages are 10 and 11

(Newser) - Two Florida boys played the hero yesterday when they rescued a pair of infants from a burning home. Isiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, ran into the burning mobile home in Orange County after calling 911, reports WFTV . The boys managed to find two of the four children trapped,... More »

Kansas Student 'Saved Hundreds' in Mosque Attack

ISIS claims 2nd suicide attack on Shiite mosque

(Newser) - Abduljaleel Alarbash was a long way from Kansas when he died, but his fellow students at Wichita State University say they will never forget him or his bravery. The 22-year-old, who had gone to Saudi Arabia to marry his fiancee, was one of three volunteer security officers killed in an... More »

Man Uses Nail Clippers to Free Kidnap Victim

Dog walker in Toronto comes across bound woman pleading for help

(Newser) - It's not every kidnap story that ends with a mild-mannered dog walker freeing the victim with his trusty nail clippers, but such is the case in Toronto. Police say that Peter Hamilton was taking his yellow Lab for a walk on Sunday morning when he heard a woman's... More »

Tourist Dies Trying to Save Drowning Mayor

Michigan mayor survives, is rescued by 2nd man

(Newser) - A crazy story equal parts tragic and heroic out of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands: A Danish tourist died trying to save a Michigan mayor who was being swept away by a riptide, but the mayor then got saved by a second Good Samaritan. The rescued man is South... More »

Cops: Grandma With Bum Knee Stopped Abduction

James Cavallaro allegedly tried to snatch toddler

(Newser) - The Maine State Museum worker who police say prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a 65-year-old woman with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says she was ready for a "big fight" if the alleged assailant hadn't stopped trying to yank the girl through the exit.... More »

Mom Killed After Pushing Daughter to Safety

St. Louis woman struck by vehicle in Walgreens parking lot

(Newser) - A 33-year-old woman was killed in a freak accident in a Walgreens parking lot, but authorities say she managed to push her 10-year-old daughter to safety first, reports KSDK-TV . Colleen Segbers died yesterday when an SUV accelerated suddenly and pinned her against a pillar. Police say the 58-year-old driver of... More »

Mom's Last Act Is to Save Baby

Jessica Arrendale shielded daughter with her body

(Newser) - After a night out on Saturday, a drunk and angry Antoine Davis chased Jessica Arrendale, the mother of his child, up the stairs of her Atlanta-area townhome, according to Arrendale's mother, Teresa Inniello. As Arrendale tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, Davis turned the bat on her,... More »

Bus Driver Killed After Pushing Girl to Safety

Accident happened during safety drills in Akron

(Newser) - A bus driver was killed after she pushed a 10-year-old girl out of the path of a rolling bus during a safety drill gone awry, reports the Akron Beacon Journal . The accident occurred as the kids were practicing how to evacuate the bus from the rear. All of the kids... More »

Pit Bull Saves Deaf Teen From Burning Home

Ace is the toast of Indianapolis

(Newser) - Indianapolis has a new hero, but not the kind that wears a cape. This one has four legs and an affinity for bacon. Ace, a 2-year-old pit bull, woke up his deaf teenage owner by licking his face to alert him the house was on fire, say fire officials and... More »

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