Heroic Acts

Team Helps Save Boy

Here is a story that just reminds us that there are some wonderful kids out there in the world today. A middle school student was by himself over by  Fenton High School football field.  He was approached by a middle aged man the boy ran away towards the football field.  When the football team saw what was happening they got between the man and the young boy.  The man was gesturing to the boy to come to him.  The boy told the team, “Do let him take me”.  They not only got him away from the man but even took a picture of his license plate and a description of his vehicle.  The team came together as a team to help rescue the boy.  They feel like they learned what to do by seeing this scenerio from movies and tv.  The police said they could not arrest the man since he did not actually do anything wrong but they will keep an eye on him and thankfully that little boy is safe because of this team and how they jumped to his rescue.  Way to go boys.  Watching your surroundings always is the best.  Great job.

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A team saves a boy

Siri to the Rescue

Many have used the help tool Siri (found on Iphones) to ask for receipes, directions, location of your favorite restaurants.  Recently one 18 year old used Siri when he could not get help from anyone else.  He was working on his truck and it slipped off the jack.  The over 5000 lb truck landed on Sam Ray from Murfreesboro, Tennessee as he was pinned underneath his truck and used the personal assistant-like service to call for help.  He leaned against his phone and heard Siri say ,”This is Siri here , How may I help you?”.  That is when he said, “Dial 911″.  He was pinned for nearly 40 minutes before help arrived.  He had broken ribs, bruised kidney and cuts and bruises.  He had to be airlifted to a local hospital. He has the 911 dispatch driver and Siri to thank for his rescue.  Sometimes technology is there to rescue us whether we are just lost and can’t find that house we are going to or in this case it saved his life.  How amazing.  So happy to hear you are ok Ray.  Hope you learned not to work on your truck alone.

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Siri to the rescue

A True Dedication

This is a story of an incredible woman.  As a young girl she made a comittment to a man that she didn’t even know.  Back in the 70s  when the Vietnam war was happening many people took a vow to wear a MIA bracelet for a soldier that was missing in action.  Many days, months and years went by.  Some men returned home and the people wearing their bracelet would be able to remove the bracelet once they returned home.  Not for one soldier and the girl who was wearing his bracelet.  After 4 decades she gets the word that his remains were located.  It was Christmas day 1972 when 12 year old Kathy Strong found her bracelet in her stocking.  She took her committment very seriously.  She wore this bracelet and never took it off.  She said she even wore it through an MRI.  This was not a promise that she took lightly.  She wore the name James Moreland until she was told that his remains were found and were brought home to be buried. She didn’t remove the bracelet until she could put it on his uniform in his coffin. She sat with his family at the funeral even though she had never met this man.  She had always dreamed of the day when she would take off the bracelet and meet the man she was wearing it for.  What dedication to follow through a promise you made as a child long into your adult life.  Thank you for your servie Kathy.

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Son Saves Dad After Two Days in Wilderness

A father and son took an adventure and everything went bad in an instant.  A boulder fell and hit his dad.  Charlie took care of his Dad for two day before he went for help. After his father was badly injured by a falling boulder in the Idaho backcountry, the teenager did everything in his power to make sure they both made it out alive. Charlie Wilstead Finlayson just started 8th grade at Eagle Middle School. The 13-year-old is a Boy Scout and loves the wilderness. Last week, his survival skills were put to the test after a scary situation in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.The teen was on a backpacking trip with his father, David Finlayson. As they were climbing a boulder fell and hit David. The 52-year-old’s left arm and leg were broken and he had a large gash on his shin. “At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after a few minutes I kind of calmed down and thought I have to help him out and get his sleeping bag and stuff,” said Charlie. “Charlie grabbed the first-aid kit the two had brought and helped bandage the open wound. He then ran a mile back to camp and grabbed sleeping bags and warm clothes. The next day, Charlie helped keep his dad fed and hydrated. The two decided that Charlie would have to hike 13 miles the next day, by himself, to get help.”I was saying a lot of prayers before I left,” said Charlie. It was an emotional goodbye. David wrote a note and handed it to his son so he could explain to anyone he encountered what had happened and where his dad was.As luck would have it, Charlie ran into two members of his own LDS church just three miles down the trail. They headed up to stay with his dad. Charlie kept hiking and eventually, he found another man who ended up running the next eight miles to call for help. Charlie hiked the rest of the way out. The sheriff called a helicopter to lift him to safety. What a brave young man.  We are all so proud of you Charlie.

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Son saves his Dad

Autistic Son Pulls Mom from Burning Car

Tyler Gianchetta knew something was terribly wrong. Tyler and his mom were in the car driving. They were going somewhere in Long Island New York when as they were talking his mother stopped speaking to him.  ”She didn’t answer me”, he said. He even asked her if she was ignoring him.  She started shaking and and then crashed into a tree.  He immedately pulled his mom out of the burning car as the car burst into flames.  Tyler broke his own hand in the process but definately saved his mother’s life.  Tyler has autism and has beaten the odds as an 18 year old college honor student.  His dad said that they have always shown Tyler how to be responsible and take care of others.  His mother has no memory of the crash and why she blacked out.  He doesn’t want to be called a hero.  He knows that he did what he had to do to save his mom at whatever cost to himself.  It is amazing what strength we find in ourselves when put in an emergency situation.  Way to go Tyler. You have grown up to be an amazing young man.  Your mom and dad should be proud.

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Firemen repay Waitress Good Deed

One act of kindness led to another in New Jersey when a waitress’ decision to pay for some firefighters’ breakfast prompted strangers to help her.

Two firefighters stopped in a diner after an overnight shift containing a warehouse fire earlier this week and had breakfast at the Route 130 Diner in Delran, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI.

A waitress, Liz Woodward, overheard the firefighters, Tim Young and and Paul Higgins, talking about the fire. That’s when she decided to pay them back for their efforts, according to WPVI.

Paul Hullings is a firefighter who went into a diner after fighting a fire one night recently.  The waitress, Liz Woodward heard their story about the fire and when she gave them the check she had written a note on the back of the check — complete with drawn fireman’s helmet and ax. So touched the firefighters then shared a photo of the check, along with a call for his friends to visit the diner, and to “tip big” if they ever had Woodward as a waitress. He didn’t stop there. He wrote another post highlighting a GoFundMe campaign that Woodward had started in December to pay for a wheelchair accessible van for her father. ”Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help…” Young wrote. Since then, Young and 185 other people — mostly strangers who had heard about her decision to pay for the firefighters’ meal — have donated. The GoFundMe page was originally hoping to raise $17,000 — and has now collected more than $38,000. (UPDATE- as of Saturday 8/15 it is up to $73,000).   Woodward posted a lengthy message on her own Facebook account, praising the work of firefighters and asking others to pay it forward.  ”Look for those opportunities because they are everywhere. You can make a difference — it doesn’t always have to be an elaborate production or effort- it’s always the little things that have the greatest impact,” she wrote. A small act of kindness turns into another.  How amazing.

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4 Year Old Saves His Dad In The Woods

Grant and Quillan Groenwald went out in the woods to cut down a few trees.  Grant usually went there alone but on this day he decided to bring his young four-year old son.  As Grant began to cut the tree it came down different from what he planned and he scrambled to get out of the way.  He could not move and called for Quillan to help.  He first did not think he could do anything but soon came to his dad’s rescue when he was pinned under a tree branch. He dragged the chainsaw to him so he could cut his way out.  Grant had to not only to cut himself out of this fallen tree but he had to do it under many branches.  He was able to (with the help of little Quillan) get out from other the tree and make his way to the truck.  It could have been a lot worse. When they arrived at home the little guy ran in to get help from his mom.  Grant says he will never go chop again alone.  He thanks his little son for saving his life.  Way to go Quillan. You are an amazing young man.

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4 year old saves his dad in the woods

Roadside Rescue

A semi was parked on the side of the road outside Underwood, Iowa.  As a State Trooper John Hitchcock approached what he found surprised him.  He discovered the driver was not breathing.  He pulled him out of the truck as Officer Kurt Ferguson approached coming to help.  They pulled the man out of the line of traffice and worked CPR on him.  Just then a third first responder arrived.  Captain Curtis McKeon from the Council Bluffs Fire Department arrived on the scene.  Not often is there a team from 3 different agencies to help on a rescue.  It turns out that the man had choked on something which blocked his airway and caused him to have the heart failure.  Had not these three men happened along this scene the outcome might be different.  Luckily for this driver they were trained and prepared to help bring this man back to life.  ”It is wonderful when there is a good outcome” one of the officers said.  I am sure there is not always a good result but by working together these men were able to save his life.  Thanks to their quick actions he will be ok.  Great job officers.  You are truly heroes.

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Roadside Rescue

Police Officer Attends Wedding of Baby He Saved

Officer Joe Barka has worked on the Yonkers Police Department for the past 45 years.  Recently Officer Joe was able to share the day with a baby he saved some 20 years ago.  Back in 1993 Officer Joe was called to house where a baby had stopped breathing.  Grabbing the baby from the parents the officer checked for vitals and finding none he jumps into his cruiser with his partner and heads to the hospital doing CPR the whole way.  When he met the parents at the hospital he was able to tell them that the baby crying that they heard was their little daughter.  Ever since, this officer has treated this little girl like one of his own.  He never forgets a birthday or even Christmas.  But now it was here time to remember.  She invited the officer and his wife to her wedding as a guest of honor.  Even though the family moved to Buffalo they have kept in touch.  What a wonderful relationship these people have. Without each other their lives would never be the same. Great job Officer Barka.

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Police officer attends wedding of baby he saved

Secret Service Dogs

USSS-K-9 Jordan is a Belgian Malinois.  He looks alot like a German Shepherd.  He is not an average dog.  He is a secret service agent.  So is K-9 agent Hurricane.  They are stationed at the White House to protect it.  Last week they were called into action when an intruder got on the White House lawn. Their breed is chosen for their agility and eagerness to serve.  They are able to run twice as fast as an olympic runner.  There are 73 other dogs in the secret service. They get 20 weeks of training and continue to work until they are 10 years old. When they retire they get to live with the families of their handlers.  These special dogs do a great service to our country. How amazing are these dogs.  They are devoted to their jobs as protectors.

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