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Doctors Improvise to Save Sick Plane Passenger

It involved a makeshift catheter made of straws

(Newser) - It was 10 hours into a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to New York on Tuesday, and the crew suddenly had a problem: an elderly man who said he couldn't urinate, had a swollen stomach, and had broken into a cold sweat. Two doctors answered the call for... More »

He Saw the Speeding Car. He Knew His SUV Could Stop It

Erick Marciano hailed as a hero for saving pedestrians during police chase in Montreal

(Newser) - A quick-thinking dad of three is being called a hero after throwing his Mercedes SUV in the path of a speeding car. The CBC and Montreal Gazette report Erick Marciano, 48, was on his way to a meeting Tuesday shortly after noon when he saw a Honda speed through a... More »

Vacationing Man Dies Trying to Save 3 Sons

Kentucky's Stephone Ritchie got caught in a rip current in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

(Newser) - "We thought we hit the jackpot." That's how one member of Stephone Ritchie Sr.'s family felt as they made the drive from the Orlando area to Cocoa Beach during their Florida vacation last week. But, as WDRB notes of that Oct. 24 daytrip, their fun... More »

4-Year-Old Saves Toddler Sister: 'I Grabbed Her Tummy'

Gray Forrester was in the right place at the right time when 2-year-old Andie fell in the pool

(Newser) - Gray Forrester is just barely school age, but the 5-year-old has already earned the label of hero. WBIR reports that Gray was just 4 during an incident in their Knoxville, Tenn., yard that led to his 2-year-old sister, Andie, almost drowning. Their mom, Laura, said on the day in question... More »

Cheerleader Jumps Off Float, Saves Choking Toddler

2-year-old Clarke's face was 'super red,' then purple, teen hero Tyra Winters says

(Newser) - One minute Tyra Winters was celebrating homecoming at Rockwall High School. The next thing thing the Texas teen knew, she was being called a hero. Tyra, 17, was riding on a parade float Sept. 18 with her fellow cheerleaders and the school football team when she heard people saying that... More »

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... More »

He Woke Up Early at a Sleepover. Then He Smelled Smoke

Quick-thinking Jayden Espinosa, 5, saves 13 people from apartment fire

(Newser) - A 5-year-old at a Chicago sleepover is now being hailed as a hero for saving 12 people and himself from an early-morning fire. WPVI reports Jayden Espinosa was sleeping over at his aunt's apartment last weekend, and he woke up Saturday morning while everyone else was still snoozing. Jayden... More »

He Escaped the Fire, Then Realized His Niece Was Still Inside

20-year-old Derrick Byrd seriously burned rescuing 8-year-old, but says he'd do it all over again

(Newser) - While every family may have a "fun" uncle, this Washington state family probably prefers having one who's a hero. When a fire broke out at an Aberdeen home early Thursday, with seven family members inside, 20-year-old Derrick Byrd "jumped into action," 14 News reports. He says... More »

Chick-fil-A Worker Jumps Out Drive-Thru Window in Heroic Save

Logan Simmons took what he thought was quickest way out to help a choking child

(Newser) - He went to work ready to serve up chicken sandwiches; he left work a hero. Logan Simmons, a 19-year-old Chick-fil-A employee in Hall County, Ga., went to work on Wednesday just like any other day—except it didn't turn out to be like any other day. Simmons, who was... More »

His Grandpa Was Driving. Then, 7 Minutes of Panic

12-year-old Benjamin Bubis managed to call 911, pull car over after grandfather's medical emergency

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway, and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 495 when his grandfather,... More »

Only 9 Navajo Code Talkers Were Left. Sadly, That Number Just Fell

Alfred K. Newman has died in New Mexico at age of 94

(Newser) - Hundreds of Navajos assisted in bringing down the Japanese in World War II by helping to develop an intricate code based on their native language. Just nine of those Code Talkers survived into 2019—but now there are only eight. The Arizona Republic reports 94-year-old Alfred K. Newman has died... More »

3 Boys Saw a Man Attempting Suicide. 'Leave Me,' He Said

English students rewarded for saving man's life

(Newser) - Last year, three schoolboys stumbled on a man trying to hang himself off a bridge. Now they've been awarded by a British charity for saving the man's life, the Sun reports. "If ever there was a story to balance up the bad ones this is it,"... More »

Passenger Saved From 'Brink of Death' by Nurse Scared to Fly

Morgan Anderson and her mom, also a nurse, handled a medical emergency midflight

(Newser) - A man on the "brink of death" on a Delta flight has two nurses to thank for saving him—one who overcame her fear of being in the air to concentrate on helping him. The Citizen Times reports that Morgan Anderson, 26, and her mom, Rose Anderson, 57, were... More »

They Were Stuck in a Burning Car. Then Came 2 Young Cops

Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, hailed as heroes after rescuing teens

(Newser) - Two young Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes for rescuing two unconscious teenagers from a burning car. Officers Nicholas Schlei and Nicholas Reid, both 23, were on patrol Tuesday night when a Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a utility pole and overturned. Flames erupted from the car's... More »

Dog Saved From Fire Revived After 20 Minutes

He needed mouth-to-snout resuscitation

(Newser) - California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes. The dog's owner, Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire, the AP reports. Lamirande... 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 »

America's Heroes: Carnegie Fund Picks 24

They risked their lives trying to save others

(Newser) - Two dozen real-life heroes are being honored by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission of Pittsburgh for their acts of bravery. The commission investigates stories of heroism and awards medals and cash several times a year. It has given away $37.7 million to 9,821 awardees or their families since... More »

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