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Her Afternoon Shift at the Gas Station Turned Heroic

Savannah Pritchett reacted quickly when woman said she had been kidnapped

(Newser) - At 3pm on Wednesday, a cashier at a Waterford, Calif., gas station got an unusual request: "Lock the door, they will kill us." Savannah Pritchett tells KCRA that while working at Triple R Gas Mart a woman walked in, told her she had been kidnapped in Fresno, had... More »

Girl, 9, Who Can't Walk or Talk Saves Brother From Drowning

She screamed, pointed toward pool

(Newser) - When Lexie Comeau-Drisdelle's mother heard the 9-year-old girl screaming at the top of her voice, she thought her daughter had fallen out of her wheelchair and was alerting her the only way she could. Lexie has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk. But the Nova Scotia... More »

He Accepted He Was Going to Die. Then a Hand Came Down

D'Marie O'Connor started a Twitter campaign to find mysterious 'Max' who saved him

(Newser) - "Hey Twitter This is Max, Max saved me from drowning yesterday." And so began D'Marie O'Connor's online quest Tuesday to find "Max," the man he said rescued him from 58-degree waters at Chicago's North Avenue Beach on Memorial Day. O'Connor tells... More »

Prosecutor: As Son Hung From Balcony, Dad Was Playing Pokemon Go

Meanwhile, Mamoudou Gassama gets praise all around after saving 4-year-old in Paris

(Newser) - The family of a French boy who was saved as he dangled from a fourth-floor balcony by a man dubbed "Spider-Man" is now calling Mamoudou Gassama's actions "incredible"—and shaking their heads at the child's father for leaving him unattended. Gassama is "truly a... More »

Hero Teacher: I Did the Only Thing I Could

'I deeply care for my students,' says Jason Seaman, who was shot subduing school shooter

(Newser) - The "only acceptable actions." That's how seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman described his actions in stopping a young gunman who burst into his classroom at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana last week. Seaman was shot himself as he ran and tackled the shooter, and he spoke... More »

Witness: Teacher Threw Basketball at Shooter

Jason Seaman was shot subduing young gunman; female student in critical condition

(Newser) - More details are emerging from Friday's shooting at a middle school in Noblesville, Indiana, and they continue to tell a similar tale: Seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman likely saved lives with his quick action. Police say a male student at Noblesville West Middle School asked to be excused from... More »

Waffle House Hero to Get Big Reward

Crowdfunding campaign raises $166K for James Shaw Jr.

(Newser) - Survivors of Sunday's shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House have another reason to thank the man who disarmed suspected shooter Travis Reinking. A GoFundMe page launched by James Shaw Jr. has raised more than $155,000 for families of victims, including the four people killed before Shaw was able... More »

Waffle House Hero Wrested Gun Away From Shooter

'I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it'

(Newser) - James Shaw Jr. says he isn't a hero, but a lot of people—including police and survivors of Sunday morning's mass shooting at a Nashville-area Waffle House—disagree. Shaw hid in a restroom when alleged gunman Travis Reinking opened fire, then rushed him when there was a pause... More »

The Dad Couldn't Swim, Gave His Life to Save Daughter's

Anthony Burgess' 3-year-old knocked the car into neutral

(Newser) - "This dad did everything he could"—and gave everything he could. Anthony Burgess, 24, died Sunday while attempting to rescue his 3-year-old daughter from a Pontiac G6 that hold rolled backward into an Indianapolis pond. Police say the child accidentally hit the gear shift, putting the car into... More »

'Hero' Cop Who Swapped Self for Hostage Is Dead

Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was among the first responders

(Newser) - A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness." Lt. Col.... More »

He Had No Protective Gear. He Rushed Into the Fire Anyway

Off-duty FDNY firefighter Roben Duge saves grandmother, 2 children from house fire

(Newser) - A grandmother in Queens and her two grandkids are alive today because of an off-duty firefighter's quick thinking. The New York Daily News reports Roben Duge, who's been with the FDNY for five years, had just emerged from the subway on his way home Thursday night, and as... More »

Man Who Evacuated Hundreds After 9/11 Is Dead at 45

Thomas Phelan was a ferry captain turned firefighter

(Newser) - Thomas Phelan's life followed a different trajectory to that of many other 9/11 heroes: He was a hero who became a firefighter. On the day of the attacks, Phelan, who has died of cancer at age 45, was working as a ferry captain for Circle Line-Statue of Liberty ferry... More »

Petition: Parkland Student Hero Should Get Full Military Funeral

Peter Wang held doors for fleeing students, staff; another student hero recovers at a local hospital

(Newser) - Amid the grief and anger, stories of inspiration and heroism continue to emerge out of the Parkland school shooting last week, and a petition is now in place to honor one of the late students who helped his classmates escape to safety. The Sun Sentinel reports that the petition on... More »

Homeless Man Pulls 2 Kids From Burning Home

Anival Angulo happened by the Las Vegas residence on Friday

(Newser) - Las Vegas firefighters are calling a homeless man a hero for saving two small children from a fire, reports the AP . Fire officials say a 3-year-old girl and a 10-month-old boy were trapped in a burning apartment Friday morning after the children's grandfather was cooking food and the stove... More »

Dive Team Was on the Way; Officer Decided Not to Wait

Sergeant without gear pulls boy from frozen pond

(Newser) - It was nearly a Christmas Day tragedy, but the first responding officer had other ideas. The drama began when an 8-year-old boy chased a dog onto a frozen pond in New Harmony, Utah, and fell through the ice about 5pm, reports KUTV . Other kids saw what happened and ran to... More »

Against an Inferno, Man Rescues the Smallest Creature

Wild rabbit saved

(Newser) - Whether you consider it brave or foolish, it's tough not to consider it incredible. NBC News has video of a driver who pulled over on California's Highway 1 near La Conchita to save a wild rabbit from the blazing wildfire that's painting the backdrop orange. As the... More »

A Fire, a Deadbolted Door, and an Incredible Rescue

Anival Angulo pulled baby, 3-year-old out of burning Las Vegas apartment

(Newser) - Las Vegas claims one of the nation's highest rates of homelessness —and one of the city's homeless residents is now being called a hero. KSNV and the Washington Post report that Anival Angulo was walking along a quiet Las Vegas street late Friday morning when he saw... More »

No Superhero Rescue at Calif. Car Crash—Just Harrison Ford

Star rushed to help woman whose car veered off Santa Paula highway

(Newser) - A woman who crashed her car off the side of a California highway over the weekend probably wasn't expecting Indiana Jones to come to her rescue. But that's who she got, in the form of the real-life Harrison Ford, who happened to be driving behind her late Sunday... More »

Good News Times 3 in Italy Quake Rescue

Pulled from rubble: 3 siblings, including preteen who saved younger brother

(Newser) - A preteen being hailed as a hero in the earthquake that rocked Italy's Ischia island Monday was yanked out of the rubble Tuesday afternoon, as were his two little brothers, whom he's credited with saving. The BBC reports that 11-year-old Ciro was the last of the three siblings... More »

Plane Passenger Reads Man's Chilling Texts, Alerts Crew

Woman called a 'hero' after alleged child predators charged

(Newser) - An airline passenger is being hailed as a "hero" after she helped stop two suspected child predators—whom she uncovered by glancing at text messages easily read over a fellow passenger's shoulder. According to police, the unnamed Seattle-area preschool teacher became alarmed after spotting "certain words" in... More »

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