Modern Day Heroes

Everyday we read stories that shock, depress and disgust us. I want to provide a place where you can go and read inspirational stories of people who, in their own small way, have contributed to a better America, and sometimes, a better world too.

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 15, 2013: Mother Nature has been kicking butt down in Oklahoma as of late. Please read about the heroic actions taken by teachers to save their students when their school came down over their heads:

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/motorsports/2013/06/oklahoma-teachers-west-firefighter-honored-at-texas-motor-speedway/

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 8, 2013: A few weeks ago, the world was captivated by an unlikely, yet heroic story of three women who were rescued from a home after one escaped and found a willing bystander, after being kidnapped nearly a decade ago. I’ve linked to videos and stories of the ladies, as well as their “rescuer,” Charles Ramsey:

http://www.today.com/video/today/52092423#52092423

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/07/us/ohio-cleveland-ramsey/

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 1, 2013: Kids do the darnedest things. Watch this stranger rescue someone else’s kid from, of all places, the roof of a hotel:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10401266.Hotel_rooftop_rescue_hero_saved_toddler/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 25, 2013: In the spirit of Memorial Day weekend, I want to honor those who provide an invaluable service to those who served. I’m talking about Honor Flight, which provides free flights to Washington DC to see the memorials for WWII and (in some cases) Korean War vets. If you are looking for a charity to donate time or money to, this is one of the best you can give to. Read more:

http://www.honorflight.org/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 18, 2013: Mother’s Day should be a time to celebrate with family. For this new mom, the holiday was bittersweet when she found her day turned upside down by a home invader she had to kill to save her family:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2324142/Heroic-wife-stabs-home-invader-death-kitchen-knife-Crossfit-gym-owner-fatally-knifes-intruder-tries-strangle-husband-bursting-Mothers-Day.html

Here is the story of another woman who saved her husband from a bear:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/17/wisconsin-woman-reportedly-saves-husband-from-attacking-bear/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 11, 2013: This story is a ‘two heroes for the price of one’ tribute. The first is the story of another teen ‘caught’ walking miles to work to help out the family. The second is of the cop who came to his ‘rescue’ to make the teens’ journey a little easier. Read more:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/14/the-inspiring-story-of-what-an-ariz-cop-did-to-a-teen-she-found-walking-9-miles/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 4, 2013: A mother’s love sometimes knows no boundaries. In honor of Mother’s Day next week, I wanted to spotlight a mom that gave her life saving her kids:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316491/Dewsbury-mother-crushed-death-diving-runaway-van-protect-children.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 27, 2013: Sexual predators preying on the innocent are an unfortunate reality. This teen, however, decided that the outcome would be different than what we too often see in the headlines:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/22/marisa-martinez-saves-boy_n_3132578.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 20, 2013: One of the quieter heroic actions someone can do is to do good deeds for strangers. For the past half-century, Dr. Irving Fradkin has enabled nearly 2 million kids pay for or offset college costs though his multiple scholarship foundations. Read more about him and his organization:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130421/NEWS/304210334/-1/EDU

http://scholarshipamerica.org/dfs.php

http://scholarshipamerica.org/fradkin.php

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FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 13, 2013: Gold star for this teacher! Read more about the teacher who saved her student:

http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Grandview-Teacher-Saves-4th-Grader-From-Choking–202741941.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 6, 2013: Better late than never. This firefighters story actually started 36 years ago, but will be honored later this month in a ceremony (the article is 4/27/13). Read about the guy who was finally recognized for assisting not only an injury victim, but his co-workers as well:

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/corona/corona-headlines-index/20130427-corona-firefighters-honored-36-years-after-heroic-rescues.ece

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FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 30, 2013: I love stories of those that go out of their way to help the disabled. Here’s a great story of some restaurant staff that decided to help “fix” a customer’s meal: 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/26/the-touching-story-of-restaurant-fixing-a-broken-cheeseburger-for-an-autistic-girl/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 23, 2013: Have you ever told yourself, “yeah, one day I’ll take a first aid class.” Well, here’s a story about saving a choking toddler that just may entice you to take that class soon:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/21/amazing-video-toddler-stops-breathing-at-the-grocery-store-and-is-saved-by-stranger/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 16, 2013: Remember hearing the old story about walking 2 miles, in the snow, uphill both ways? This kid really did it for a job, and was rewarded for his work ethic:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/04/theres-another-incredible-story-coming-from-that-restaurant-made-famous-by-teens-snowy-10-mile-interview/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 9, 2013: While we don’t know why Peter Asumani didn’t call 911 to help his dad, we do know the nine-year-old boy did everything he could to keep his dad alive, and he should be commended for that. Read more here:

http://news.yahoo.com/records-neb-dad-kept-alive-young-son-died-225951149.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 2, 2013: Never underestimate the abilities of a child in their efforts to protect someone, regardless of their age. Read about the four-year-old that saved her two-year-old sister after a car crash:

http://www.king5.com/news/Children-may-have-been-alone-for-hours-after-Naselle-crash–192143571.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 23, 2013: Sometimes man is dog’s best friend. Recently, an Irish coast guard volunteer performed CPR on an injured dog. Read more:

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-turns-dogs-best-friend-as-heroic-firstaider-brings-hector-back-to-life-29077049.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 16, 2013: Dr. Ben Carson has been in the news lately for his positions on healthcare and the government’s role in it. I find him to be a hero not only for taking the stand, but for his life story and accomplishments. Read more about this great doctor and watch a couple of his speeches (UPDATED): 

http://www.biography.com/people/ben-carson-475422

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFb6NU1giRA

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2236174554001/

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FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 9, 2013: School bus drivers don’t always have the best reputation. Too often, we read stories of drivers that forget passengers, ignore fights, and proposition students. This bus driver belied the sometimes sketchy reputation of his contemporaries by giving his life in the service of his passengers. Read more about Charles Poland here:

http://news.yahoo.com/ala-standoff-drags-town-grieves-bus-driver-210057902.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 2, 2013: The following story proves that you’re never too old to do something to change another person’s life. Read more about a grandma that saved her grandson’s life here:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/toddler-shielded-tornado-heroic-great-grandmother-article-1.1253981

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FOR WEEK ENDING JANUARY 5, 2013: The best story to come out of the past couple weeks was of all of the people, including the judge in Mexico, that worked to release the American Marine Jon Hammar, held on trumped-up gun charges since summer. Unfortunately, this action did not appear to extend to the highest levels of our government. It would appear that lower-level people, coupled with some of the media, worked to free this man. Read more here:

http://www.freedomreport.org/christmas-miracle-ex-marine-jon-hammar-released-from-mexican-prison/

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FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 29: As I sit looking out my window watching the snow fall, I think to myself, boy, am I glad I’m inside my warm, cozy office. Thankfully, the following cop didn’t think of his ow comfort when he saved a drowning woman:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2252308/Fort-Point-Channel–Heroic-cop-throws-freezing-Boston-harbor-rescue-stricken-woman.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 22: This is rather heartbreaking, but there was another shooting. But despite the brutality and randomness of these occurrences, some stories of heroism have emerged: The following are just some of the articles about those that gave their lives in the Newtown, CT, school shooting:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249767/Sandy-Hook-shooting-Kaitlin-Roig-saved-students-hiding-bathroom.html

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/19/16001132-light-amidst-the-darkness-heroic-teacher-victoria-soto-remembered?lite

http://abcnews.go.com/US/sandy-hook-elementary-school-shooting-victims/story?id=17984685#.UN39_KxVK5I

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57560340/colleagues-remember-sandy-hook-principal/

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FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 15: The shooting in Oregon is on everyone’s minds, given the fact that it occurred at a mall during the height of Christmas shopping. The following is a nice video of a brave young Macy’s employee that went above and beyond in helping his customers during the attack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh57C15RSyQ

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FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 8: This week’s hero is proof that some people never let age be a deterrent to action. Read more about the 82-year-old man (yes!) who saved a woman from drowning a few weeks ago:

 http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/Sprightly-Colin-82-springs-action-pull-woman/story-17266441-detail/story.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 1: With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of you are mulling over the idea of the long drive versus the tortuous pre-flight treatment by the TSA. If you are a member of the military and are flying, you’ll be happy to know that, if you are flying Southwest, they have been named as one of The 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers By G.I. Jobs. You can not only fly, but work the friendly skies in this one instance. Read more:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/southwest-airlines-honored-one-2013-172100217.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 24: Like many of you, I’ll be attending a holiday production this year. For me, it is A Christmas Carol. A review online about the young lady that will be playing our local productions’ Tiny Tim inspired me to post her (yes, a girl) as my modern hero of the week. Read more about this real-life Tiny Tim:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/young-girl-a-perfect-fit-to-play-christmas-carols-tiny-tim-if7pkp4-181124301.html?page=1

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FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 17: The homeless are, at best, our forgotten citizens, and at worst, a target for derision. I’m just as guilty as the next guy for not treating them as well as I should. Luckily for one girl in Modesto, CA, the homeless men riding her bus in September did not forget their common humanity. Please read the story of a group of homeless men that saved a girl from assault:

http://www.modbee.com/2012/10/22/2424629/city-to-honor-5-who-rescued-girl.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 10: Sometimes the best heroes are the ones that commit acts of heroism anonymously, not seeking glory for helping their fellow man. Earlier this week, a woman was saved from her burning house by strangers who wish to remain so. Read more:

http://www2.wspa.com/news/2012/nov/09/phantom-heroes-save-woman-burning-house-ar-4934235/

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FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 3: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, stories of heroism have emerged. The best story I’ve read was that of the New York City hospital that was evacuated after the generators failed. If you’ve not read about this, please follow the links below to read these touching accounts:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/health/sandy-hospital/index.html

http://news.yahoo.com/surviving-sandy-inside-story-nyu-hospital-evacuation-200610793.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 27: With the elections around the corner, its great to show examples of incredible patriotism. 93-year-old Frank Tanabe, dying and in hospital, made sure he voted one last time. This is a story everyone should remember this man the next time they’re feeling too lazy to examine the candidates’ positions and go down to the polls to cast a ballot. Read more:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/22/picture-wwii-vet-3-casting-ballot-in-hawaii-captures-hearts/?intcmp=obinsite

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FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 20: As part of my mission for the website I try to offer inspirational stories in the form of past and present-day heroes on a weekly basis. As visitors have noted, I get behind on my task. my modern hero of the week, Doug Sterner, is far better at cataloging the heroic deeds of his fellow man that I am, and I want to honor his mission of cataloging war heroes by naming him my modern hero of the week. Read more about this man’s calling and work:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-medals-20121004,0,3180380,full.story

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FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 13: The war in Afghanistan is sometimes forgotten about, overlooked by other theaters of conflict. I want to honor two of the men who have fought valiantly in that country:

http://www.army.mil/article/87259/10th_CAB_aviators_receive_awards_for_valor/

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20120908/NEWS03/709089947/-1/news

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FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 06: For some heroes, the practice of their trade does not begin and end when they punch the clock. Recently, a British nurse saved the life of a car accident victim while risking her own life. Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2197955/Nurse-tore-strips-clothing-stop-crash-victim-bleeding-death-fuel-soaked-van.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 29: There are few things sweeter than watching a physically challenged person participating in a sport. The Paralympics received little coverage, even though it came right on the heels of the 2012 London Olympics. That is a shame, because the challenges the athletes that compete in the Paralympics are often far greater than those that compete in the Olympics. Please take the time to find out more about the competition:

http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/

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FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 22: It’s heartbreaking when our soldiers come home from war and meet a tragic end on the streets of our own country, sometimes in an accident, other times by suicide. Please read about some of these soldiers and remember their sacrifices:

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120902/NEWHAMPSHIRE09/709029898

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-09-06/story/jacksonville-soldiers-suicide-part-growing-trend-military

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120913/NEWS03/120913021/Services-set-soldier-killed-vehicle-accident

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FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 15: Coming off the anniversary of September 11th, I wanted to add a feel-good hero that gave multiple generations a vision of a future with endless possibilities. Neil Armstrong recently passed away at the age of 82. Because my dad is both a history buff and current events kind of guy, there wasn’t a time in my life I didn’t know who Armstrong was, or understand the magnitude of what he and his companions accomplished.  If you haven’t already, please take the time to read about this American legend:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/armstrong_obit.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 8: Most of us could never imagine the terror a person goes through during a hostage situation. Allyson Taylor of Yuba City, CA is an incredibly strong and brave 18-year-old that endured four hours of mental anguish last month at the hands of her captor, the would-be robber of her place of work. Not only did she remain calm throughout the ordeal, but convinced him to not injure anyone and turn himself in. WOW! Think of how many 18-year-olds cannot even handle a hangnail! Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185078/Big-5-Sporting-Goods-store-Allyson-Taylor-reveals-terrifying-moment-held-hostage-gunman.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 1: Hurricane Isaac blazed a path of destruction through Louisiana this past week, which naturally brought back fears of Katrina. Fortunately, the death toll was minimal, thanks in part to better preparedness on the part of the residents, but also because of the actions of the volunteer rescuers like Jesse Shaffer Sr. and Jr. This father and son team are my heroes of the week because they epitomize the spirit of my website, people who are self-sufficient and prepared for distaster to the point that they can assist others.

http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/hurricane_isaac_rescues_in_pla.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 25: Miss America is probably one of the most strangely polarizing jobs in modern America, at least amongst the female population. Women love to hate a smart, talented and beautiful woman for God knows what reason. As a woman, I consider myself an exception to that rule, and want to make this year’s Miss America my hero of the week. Miss America Laura Kaeppeler has joined with Big Brothers Big Sisters as part of her platform to promote mentoring programs for children of incarcerated children. I have been a Big Sister to a great teenage girl for six months now, and I look forward to watching her and helping her grow into a successful adult. You can check out my links page to join BBBS, and read more here about the platform:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/big-brothers-big-sisters-and-ad-council-join-miss-america-2012-laura-kaeppeler-to-promote-mentoring-to-help-kids-overcome-adversity-2012-08-20

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FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 18: OK, occasionally, just occasionally, my hero of the week is not of the human variety. But as an owner of two very loyal and protective dogs, I had to make man’s best friend my hero of the week. A story in the news recently reported a mom dog in Chile who rescued her puppies from a fire. It does warm the cockles of one’s heart, doesn’t it?

http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20620643,00.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 11:

I wanted to complement the theme started in Heroes of the Past with that of the first responder. In my home town in the past few week, we’ve had two tragedies, one that made national news and one that remained local. In both instances, first responders found themselves injured in the service of the citizens of Wisconsin, one fatally.

The first was an accident that didn’t make the national news, but was tragic nonetheless. Sergio Aleman was a sheriff’s deputy that was killed in July responding to a traffic situation on the interstate in the city of Milwaukee. While all families of those in protective services recognize that their family member may not come home, it is still devastating when it occurs. As a personal note, I grew up with his wife and am still close friends with her sister. I wanted to salute a good family man and a proud member of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s department:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/sb-43-closed-for-a-time-due-to-crash-vn6akmg-164457996.html

The second hero is police officer Lt. Brian Murphy, who was shot by the assailant during the siege on the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. While expected to survive, his shooting is a reminder that police officers do die in order to save the lives of others:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/reports-of-people-shot-at-sikh-temple-in-oak-creek-qc6cgc0-165059506.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 4:

I returned last week from a trip to Dallas, having participated in Glenn Beck’s Restoring Love event. I want to salute the 35,000 volunteers who took part in the Day of Service, providing time and energy to people in need while working in in 100-plus degree heat. I am not posting any links; instead, go find an opportunity in your community to give back to society. For me, it is working with Big Brothers Big Bisters, which I have a link to on the “Other Links” page.

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FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 28:

The past weeks’ newscasts have been inundated with “late breaking” news on the shootings in Aurora, CO. The bittersweet stories that have surfaced are about the heroic men that put their bodies in the line of fire in order to save loved ones, dying as a result of their wounds. I’ve posted a link to the CNN story which features three men who gave their lives so that others might live:

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-25/opinion/opinion_bennett-aurora-three_1_girlfriend-heroes-men

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FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 21:

Gary Sinise is one of those increasingly rare celebrities that waves his patriotic flag high. For more than a decade, Gary Sinise has traveled with his Lt. Dan Band to war-torn regions of the world to provide comfort through entertainment to our troops. Recently, the Documentary Channel aired a film on Gary’s experiences. Please check out the following websites to find out more about Gary Sinise and his band, donate to his efforts or watch the documentary:

http://www.ltdanbandmovie.com/

http://www.documentarychannel.com/movie.php?currID=10492&t=Lt.-Dan-Band:-For-the-Common-Good

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FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 14:

Compare and contrast the two following stories: one is our hero of the week, Tomas Lopez, a young lifeguard who went outside his job description to save the life of a drowning man. The shameful post-script to the story is that the young man was fired for his heroism, for “going outside his zone.” His now-former employer should be embarrassed. The other story is the British rescue team that stood by as a man having a seizure drowned in a shallow pond, all because they were not trained to go in water–three feet of water, mind you. According to the story, all of the rescue team could in fact, swim:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/09/florida-lifeguard-who-was-fired-for-rescue-gets-key-to-city-and-chance-to-meet/ Hero story link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106423/Simon-Burgess-body-floats-Walpole-Park-pond-emergency-workers-stand-watch.html

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FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 7:

I’m not adding a link this week. Instead, I want you to take the time and find a local tea party, military support organization or some other group that supports freedom, limited government and the American spirit of independence and get involved. There are thousands of opportunities across the country. Be an American hero by supporting America.

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 30:

One of the things that holds an individual back from trying to accomplish what they perceive as an impossible task is the fear of failure. It is a universal emotion, that nagging feeling that the task at hand is not doable. But some people decide to ignore that feeling and push on. This week’s hero is someone that, if you looked at him, would not appear to be a candidate for a mountain climbing expedition. Yet, this man did in fact scale a mountain, both rhetorically and literally, and did so without legs:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8334-504763_162-57458287-10391704/spencer-west-scales-mount-kilimanjaro-despite-having-no-legs-to-bring-clean-water-to-east-africa/

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 23:

While this is not an American story, I found it to be a worthy story to post. It comes from China, a country known for forced abortions in order to maintain its goulish one child policy. And we’ve also seen the video of the multiple trucks that run over the toddler in which the drivers casually look at the child and keep driving. Here is the story of a man who saved a child in China:

http://www.examiner.com/article/chinese-toddler-nearly-dies-after-hanging-from-four-story-building

http://www.news.com.au/world/toddler-hangs-off-balcony-by-his-neck/story-e6frfkyi-1226387874654

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 16:

No matter what era in which we live, teens get a bad rap as being the worst among us. I want to highlight a young man who put his young life in danger in order that he might save neighbors in the recent Colorado wildfires:

http://www.nbc11news.com/news/headlines/Local_Teen_Risks_Life_to_Save_Neighbors__158325145.html?ref=145

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/47754688#47754688 Video from The Today Show

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 9:

To continue with the theme of honoring our military, this being the week that the Allies made the historic D-Day landing, I want to bring you a story of another WWII vet that is still going strong:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/30/101-year-old-world-war-ii-veteran-to-compete-in-golden-age-games/?intcmp=features

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FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 2:

This article is about a blind, 89 year-old WW II vet that is returning to the service of the military. I originally ran this as a story during the week, but I was so taken with this man’s dedication to his country, that I decided this story would be my modern hero of the week:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/5/prweb9497633.htm

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 26:

This is a bittersweet story about a Marine who gave his life to save a friend. This is another example of our brave men and women putting the lives of others before their own:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/14/marine-commits-final-act-valor-saving-friend-from-plane-wreck/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 19:

Two Heroes for the Price of One!

If you haven’t seen this story on the web, you have to check this video out. The video is of a boy with cerebral palsy that walks to his father for the first time. Dad had returned from a tour of duty and had never seen his son walk. I linked to website Welcomehomeblog.com, which is a fabulously heartwarming website for and about military family reunions:

http://welcomehomeblog.com/2012/05/09/6-year-old-boy-walks-to-his-u-s-marine-father-for-the-first-time/

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 12:

Homeless, Abandoned Teen Going to Harvard

Note: This story also appeared on The Blaze. This is the original link and a heartwarming story.

LAWNDALE, NC (WBTV) – 18-year-old Dawn Loggins has an amazing story to tell.  She has been homeless, abandoned by her parents, and called a high school dropout.

But she didn’t let those challenges stop her from living her dream of one day attending an Ivy League University.

Read more:

http://www.wistv.com/story/18121186/from-a-life-of-hell-to-harvard-university

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FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 5:

Mom Declared Brain Dead Gives Birth to Twins

Vance Terrell offered encouraging words to his pregnant sister during visits to a western Michigan hospital. It didn’t matter that she couldn’t see or hear him, and would never hold her twin sons.

Read more: