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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 »

Medal of Honor Recipient Endured 'Hell' to Save 10

James McCloughan honored for his bravery in Vietnam

(Newser) - Saving a life may be a common bucket-list entry, but it's one that's rarely checked off. James McCloughan could've done so 10 times over two days in 1969. Ignoring his lieutenant's orders to evacuate Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam after shrapnel cut into his head and... More »

12-Year-Old Uses Van's Safety Feature to Stop Carjacker

Maddie Weiler put van in drive, then started pummeling 21-year-old suspect

(Newser) - Maddie Weiler has been given explicit instructions from her mom and dad on what to do if anyone ever tried to abduct her. The 12-year-old from Williamsburg, Va., got to put that advice to good use on Saturday when a man tried to carjack the van she and her younger... More »

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 »

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