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Good Samaritan Dies Trying to Save Teen Swept Into River

High school student also died in Ohio tragedy

(Newser) - A fishing outing near an Ohio dam ended with the deaths of a high school student who fell into the river and a man who tried to rescue him, authorities said. Two other teenagers were hospitalized. The three teens were part of a larger group who were exploring and fishing...

Officer With 7 Life-Saving Awards Dies a Hero

Witnesses say Tampa officer Jesse Madsen was protecting others from wrong-way driver

(Newser) - A Tampa Bay Police officer killed in the line of duty in a wrong-way crash early Tuesday was trying to protect other motorists, witnesses say. Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, 45, was killed along with the other driver in the crash on I-275 around 1am, the Tampa Bay Times reports....

Officer Dies Trying to Rescue Teen Who Fell Through Ice

'His example demonstrates the very highest valor,' Ohio AG says

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Ohio: A 16-year-old girl died Tuesday night after falling through lake ice, and a police officer died in the rescue attempt. Ohio Department of Natural Resources police officer Jason Lagore fell in the lake after suffering a medical emergency, believed to be a heart attack, WLWT...

Cops: Note From Waitress Saved Abused Boy's Life

She intervened when she saw that he wasn't being allowed to eat

(Newser) - A waitress in Florida says it raised a red flag for her when she noticed that an 11-year-old boy wasn't being allowed to order food. When she saw bruises on his face between his mask and his hoodie, she decided to do something. Police say the quick thinking of...

Trucker Rescued Moments Before Rig Explodes

NJ troopers pulled man to safety

(Newser) - Two New Jersey state troopers pulled a trucker to safety just seconds before his burning tractor-trailer exploded, the AP reports. Trooper Robert Tarleton had stopped a vehicle on Interstate 287 on Monday when he saw the truck become engulfed in flames after it hit a guardrail and bridge abutment, state...

Principal Says Crossing Guard, 88, Died Saving 2 Kids

'We're just so blessed that he was there'

(Newser) - An 88-year-old crossing guard who died after being hit by a vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas, saved the lives of two children before the impact, a school principal says. Bob Nill, who the Washington Post reports was known affectionately as "Mr. Bob" to his young charges, was struck early...

Passengers Stop Runaway Tram
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Runaway Tram

Passengers Stop Runaway Tram

It sped through stations after driver passed out

(Newser) - Passengers on a tram in Germany forced their way into the cab and stopped the speeding vehicle after the driver passed out and they couldn't get the emergency brake to work. Police in Bonn said several passengers called the emergency line shortly before 1am Sunday to report that they...

Dramatic Subway Rescue Captured on Video

Man was pulled to safety moments before train hit

(Newser) - The Bay Area Rapid Transit System is praising "humble hero" John O'Connor for saving a man's life at a station in Oakland on Sunday night. In a dramatic rescue captured on video , the transportation supervisor saved an intoxicated man who had fallen into the path of a...

Man Jumps in Front of Subway Train With Daughter, 5

Commuters rescued the girl

(Newser) - As others watched or took video on their phones, two New York City commuters rushed to save a 5-year-old girl Monday morning after her father jumped in front of a subway train while holding her. The father, 45-year-old Fernando Balbuena-Flores, was killed by the train at Kingsbridge station in the...

Cops: El Paso Shooting 'Hero' Made Up His Story

Chris Grant was honored by President Trump Monday

(Newser) - For many people, the day they visited the White House to be honored for heroic actions would be one to remember with pride. It didn't work out that way for El Paso mass shooting survivor Christopher Grant. The 50-year-old was arrested by Secret Service agents when he arrived with...

4 'Heroes,' Milk Crate Take Down Stabbing Suspect

1 dead, 1 injured following Tuesday's chaotic scene in Sydney

(Newser) - Two women were stabbed—one fatally—in Sydney, Australia, on Tuesday, before a male suspect was tackled by "the highest order of heroes." Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said four men chased a man seen with a butcher knife in the city center around 2pm local time before apprehending...

Police Body Cam Shows Rescue of Toddler, Grandma

Officer saved them from Missouri house fire

(Newser) - The dramatic rescue of a trapped 3-year-old girl and her grandmother from a house fire in Missouri was captured on police body cam video . The Hazelwood Police Department says a policeman identified only as Officer Rodriguez arrived on the scene before the fire department Friday, observed that the home's...

Cops: Pizza Delivery Man Helped Rescue Abused Girls

He called police after he saw something disturbing

(Newser) - Kentucky police have honored a pizza delivery driver they say rescued two girls who were being abused by their father. Mark Buede was honored Tuesday by the Lexington Police Department, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Police say Buede was delivering a pizza to an area motel last November and knocked on...

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...

Hole Punched in Mountain in Desperate Race to Save Boys

More than 600 people are combing the side of a mountain, looking for a way in

(Newser) - Rescuers punched a hole into the side of a mountain on Thursday in a desperate attempt to drain rising water from a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing for five days, reports the AP . But the effort appeared unsuccessful and the...

Iditarod Racer Saw Dogs' Ears Perk Up. Then He Saw His Friend

Scott Janssen awarded for helping save stranded racer Jim Lanier

(Newser) - Scott Janssen hoped to win the world's most famous sled-dog race across Alaska. Instead, the 56-year-old took home a sportsmanship award for spending a chilly night with a friend in a sleeping bag he feared would become a body bag. Some 45 miles from the Iditarod finish line, Janssen...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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