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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 »

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 »

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