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Suspected School Shooter Told Friends He'd Do 'Something Stupid'

Victim Sam Strahan died protecting others, says sheriff

(Newser) - Ami Strahan lost her husband on Father's Day when a motor home he was working on fell atop him. Less than three months later, she'd also lose her son. Sam Strahan was shot in the head shortly after 10am Wednesday by a schoolmate at Freeman High School in... More »

He Could've Escaped the Titanic. Instead He Died a Hero

Sante Righini gave up his seat in a lifeboat

(Newser) - Like 1,500 others, Sante Righini went down with the Titanic on April 15, 1912. But his was a heroic end, his sister explained at his funeral. The 28-year-old Italian-born man—who boarded the ship in France alongside the wealthy widow who employed him as a manservant in Manhattan—had... More »

Carnegie Heroes: 2 Kids Who Died Saving Other Kids

Girl who saved younger sister is among 21 honored by Carnegie fund

(Newser) - Two children who died saving the lives of even younger children are among 21 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced the winners Tuesday, the AP reports. Natalie Renee Martin, 11, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., led her 9-year-old sister, Jenna, to safety when... More »

As Towers Burned, a Hero in Red Bandanna Saved Lives

New book tells tale of trader Welles Crowther

(Newser) - His father gave him a red bandanna when he was 6, and Welles Crowther carried one every day after, tucked in his back pocket or, when playing lacrosse or hockey, under his helmet. And so it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when the 24-year-old Boston College graduate—an equities trader... 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 »

Woman Headed to Mom's Funeral Saved Newborn

Iria Wolnick delivered dying woman's baby

(Newser) - Iria Wolnick was on her way to her mother’s funeral when she ended up preventing another. The 36-year-old came upon a fiery crash on a highway in rural Texas after midnight last July 5, and her heroics were honored by Texas law enforcement yesterday morning. The San Jose woman... More »

Teen Dies Saving Girlfriend From Train

And in Chicago, dad dies protecting daughter from attacker

(Newser) - Two stories of heroism and sacrifice from last week:
  • As Mickayla Friend and boyfriend Mateus Moore walked along the train tracks Friday night in Marysville, Calif., on their way to a school dance, they paused to take a picture. Moments later, a train barreled toward them both—and Mickayla's
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Walmart Fires Man After He Tries to Stop Assault

They say Kristopher Oswald violated its non-violence policy

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine an attempt at heroism going worse than the one Kristopher Oswald attempted Sunday. The 30-year-old Walmart employee was taking a lunch break in his car at around 2:30am (he worked as an overnight stocker), when he heard a woman screaming for help and saw... More »

Hero Cop Saves 2 From Burning Building

He's hospitalized after inhaling smoke

(Newser) - A police officer is being hailed as a hero after saving a man and child from a burning apartment building—and alerting the rescuers who saved the building's other residents. The 30-year veteran noticed the fire just after midnight today and called the fire department before hurrying in; smoke... More »

Carnegie Hero Fund Honors 18

All ran to the rescue of others; 4 died in the attempt

(Newser) - We definitely need some heroes right about now, and here come the Carnegie Hero Medals. The Carnegie Hero Fund awarded 18 medals of valor today to people who risked their lives—four of them dying in the attempt—to save others. Andrew Carnegie started the fund in 1904 after hearing... More »

How to Spot Potential Heroes

Empathy, optimism strong factors

(Newser) - When he saw the baby falling from a third-floor apartment, all Stephen St. Bernard thought was, "Maybe I can catch her." He sprinted over, and the child hit him with an estimated 600 pounds of force, nearly ripping his arm off. He doesn't care. "Not a... More »

Motorists Save Pair From Burning Car

Truckers, cement mixer join Miss. rescue

(Newser) - Passing motorists—including an AP photographer—saved the lives of two women trapped in a burning SUV next to a Mississippi highway yesterday. Between 15 and 20 people came to the rescue after spotting smoke rising from a stand of pine trees. They pulled the driver's disabled sister from... More »

Surgeon Dies Saving Boys

Renowned pediatric doc raced to rescue kids from lake

(Newser) - After a career spent saving children's lives as a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Donald Liu's final act was to rescue two boys from Lake Michigan. Liu, chief surgeon at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, raced to the rescue when he saw the boys struggling after... More »

13-Year-Old Girl Stayed in Theater to Give CPR

Girl was friends with 6-year-old who died in attack

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who attended the deadly screening of The Dark Knight Rises is being hailed for her attempts to save 6-year old Veronica Moser-Sullivan , reports CBS News . Kaylan, whose mother didn't want her last name used, went to the movies with four friends, including Veronica and her mom.... More »

MSNBC Host Apologizes to Vets for 'Hero' Comment

Chris Hayes 'deeply sorry' for not being more respectful

(Newser) - The conservative blogosphere apparently got through to Chris Hayes: After sparking outrage Sunday when he said he felt uncomfortable calling fallen soldiers "heroes," the MSNBC host has apologized. The Huffington Post has his statement in full. Highlights:
  • "As many have rightly pointed out, it's very easy
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MSNBC Host Sparks Outrage by Doubting Use of 'Hero'

Chris Hayes, meet the conservative blogosphere

(Newser) - MSNBC host Chris Hayes fired up a Memorial Day Weekend controversy yesterday by saying he was "uncomfortable" with calling fallen soldiers "heroes," the New York Daily News reports. “I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate... More »

Marine Dies Pulling Friend From Plane Crash

Austin Anderson credited with saving Hannah Luce

(Newser) - When the Cessna he was traveling in with four friends went down in a Kansas field Friday, 27-year-old former Marine Austin Anderson managed to pull friend Hannah Luce, 22, from the burning wreckage. The other three passengers, including the pilot, died at the scene, while Anderson and Luce were somehow... More »

US Pilots Tried Kamikaze Attack on United 93

Then-rookie tells story of how she almost gave her life on 9/11

(Newser) - Heather “Lucky” Penney was a rookie who’d just finished F-16 training on September 11, 2001, but when the attacks hit, she was one of two pilots who took to the air to defend Washington from United 93. There was just one problem: They didn’t have any ammo... More »

61-Year-Old Woman Stopped Gunman From Reloading

Patricia Maisch pulled ammo away from Loughner

(Newser) - Talk about a brave 61-year-old: Patricia Maisch is being called a hero after wrenching away the Tucson shooter’s ammunition, preventing him from reloading as she helped press him to the ground, ABC News reports. Maisch was in line to meet Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when the shooting began. She threw... More »

Woman Dies After Saving Kids from Fire

After throwing children out window to safety, she succumbs to smoke

(Newser) - A Louisville mom died a hero yesterday, after saving at least three children from a burning building. As her sister fled the building with two other children, 31-year-old Tomarra Finley stayed behind to wake up her kids and help them escape. With the exits blocked, she kicked out the second-story... More »

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