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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 »

Man Bends Car Door in Half to Save Driver

Robert Renning saw car on fire behind him, went into action

(Newser) - A Minnesota man demonstrated superhuman strength at exactly the right time Sunday. Air National Guardsman Robert Renning, 52, was driving along the interstate around New Brighton when he saw flames underneath an SUV about six car-lengths behind him, reports Twin Cities Pioneer Press . He slowed to get driver Michael Johannes'... More »

Ex-Con Saves Baby Crawling Toward Highway

Stays with her for 2 hours, soothes her with gospel music

(Newser) - During the 10 years he spent in federal prison for manufacturing cocaine, Bryant Collins "made a very conscientious effort to change" his life, he says. And five years after getting out, he's officially a hero: On Friday, he noticed a baby on the side of a Georgia highway.... More »

Off-Duty Cop Pulls Man From Burning Car

Driver had crashed into a gas pump

(Newser) - It's a remarkable rescue: A car rams into a gas station pump and causes a fire in White Plains, New York. Then, an off-duty state police investigator, who happened to be at the right place at the right time, rescues the man in the burning car. The driver who... More »

Teenage Son Shields Mom From Bullets

They both survive attack by neighbor

(Newser) - Police say a 19-year-old in Delaware got shot twice after diving in front of his mother to shield her from the bullets, reports NBC Philadelphia . Both survived. Authorities say Roderick Buckworth and his mother, Patricia, were in their apartment in Pine Creek when a downstairs neighbor burst through the door... More »

Mom Breaks Back in 3-Story Jump to Save Baby

Massachusetts woman jumped from third-floor cradling her son

(Newser) - When a fire broke out in her apartment building Wednesday, Christina Simoes ended up trapped in a bedroom of her third-story residence with her 18-month-old son. At that point, the 23-year-old went to the window and did the only thing she could: "I grabbed my son and I gave... More »

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 »

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