There’s a new hero in the town of Syracuse, UT. A troubled teen raced through a park in a stolen car, endangering the lives of the children playing there. Bryson Rowley and his family were among the crowd. When Rowley saw the car returning to the park again, he knew something had to be done to protect the innocent lives at risk. So he jumped in his truck and stopped the reckless driver in his tracks – literally. When the video capturing the unbelievable story hit the news, the staff at Car Star were intrigued. They offered to take care of all the repairs, free of charge. As word spread about Rowley’s courageous actions, what started out as $7000 in repairs resulted in additional donated upgrades worth approximately $8000. Click here for more on this heroic dad!
A Minnesota man didn’t know he had Superman powers until he bent the door of a burning SUV with his bare hands to rescue another motorist. Bob Renning, 52, was driving on a highway in New Brighton, Minnesota, when he looked in his rear-view mirror and noticed flames under a vehicle directly behind him. Michael Johannes, the driver of the 2006 Chevy Trailblazer, apparently didn’t know his car was on fire, so Renning started to slow down in an attempt to get his attention. Click here to see video and read more about this miraculous story!
How many of us go onto Facebook just to see what our friends are doing? Well here is a story of an airman (just back in the country after 7 years oversees) that was making his way from his home in Vancouver, Washington to report for duty in Texas. As Staff Sergeant Rowan Coash was driving through Utah his car broke down. He called a friend in Washington while he waited for a tow truck. His friend Erica posted on Facebook “Anybody out there in Facebook Land near Price, Utah and willing to help a soldier?”. He got a rental truck and left his car behind in order to report on time. The Facebook posts continued to spread and inspired a car repair shop to donate time to rebuild the engine of his car at no cost. They also were able to ship the car to Rowan in Texas, again at no charge. Click here to hear more about this story!
A Florida man is being hailed as a hero for going above and beyond to save a distressed kitten — even though it meant slicing a hole into the side of his vehicle. Errand Frazier of Vero Beach had been out fishing late last month when he heard the faint sound of a kitten crying out, but got in his truck and continued on his way. After he arrived to his destination, Errand heard that same meowing there, too. That’s when he decided to take a closer look, discovering that the sound was actually emanating from behind one of his truck’s side panels. Not wanting to risk injuring the mysterious animal by yanking it out or risk having it fall on a drive to get help, Errand did something remarkable to make sure its predicament ended without delay. With the kitten stowaway safely rescued and in his hands, Errand then hopped into the cosmetically-damaged vehicle and drove straight to the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County. The kitty, given the name Megan was assessed by staff and was found to be in good health despite her ordeal. And now, she’s been adopted into a forever family! Check out pictures of sweet Megan and the damaged truck here.
Bryant Collins was traveling down a Georgia highway, on the way to fix a stranded car, when he saw something that made him do a double take. He just stopped and there was a baby … almost in the highway. Bryant immediately stopped, scooped the infant into his arms and called 911 to report the discovery. The repairman had to wait two hours for emergency personnel to arrive, so he soothed the crying 15-month-old the best way he knew how: with gospel music. He turned his phone on and let her listen to some music and she calmed right down. Read more about this hero here.
A six-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after nearly drowning in a neighborhood pool. Kolton Stratton was pulled to safety last month by 16-year-old Trey, who noticed something was wrong. Looking at him now, it’s hard to imagine what happened just three weeks ago. He was on a noodle and he slipped off of it and he panicked. Luckily, Trey was standing nearby and noticed something at the bottom of the pool. He pulled Kolton to safety! Read more about this young hero here. And check out some swimming pool safety tips here.
The catch itself was unique. After all, bats don’t fly into the stands with the frequency foul balls do at baseball games. But what made Eileen Depesa’s one-handed snag of Tyler Flowers’ errant lumber during Monday’s Cleveland Indians-Chicago White Sox game truly special was who she protected in the process. The catcher lost his grip on the bat. The piece of equipment went helicoptering down the third-base line and bounced on top of the Sox dugout. That’s when Eileen, who was seated in the first row, reacted quickly. She reached up with her right hand and stopped the bat from going any further. The U.S. Cellular Field crowd gave her a loud ovation for the grab — but all Eileen cared about was the little girl in close proximity to her. “I was more concerned with protecting the baby seated behind me,” the heroine said. And Chicago fans left the game happy too as the home team won 6-2. Watch this snag here.
Cpl. Kyle Carpenter remembers lying on his back on a rooftop in Marjah, Afghanistan, crammed up against sandbags alongside his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. It was Nov. 21, 2010, and his squad was trying push south into Taliban strongholds, working to set up patrol bases and establish a stronger U.S. Marine presence in the volatile region. He doesn’t recall the attack. He doesn’t remember throwing himself in front of Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio to protect him from a grenade, an act that earned him the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award. But the few seconds between the blast and unconsciousness are clear. As he drifted off, he said he remembers realizing how devastated his family would be that he wasn’t getting out of Afghanistan alive. And then, he said, “I asked for forgiveness … I wanted to go to heaven.” Read more about his story here.
One minute, it seemed, Robert Wheeler was the bare-chested college kid pictured in so many photos, with the shirt he had worn while running the 2013 Boston Marathon now seen serving as a makeshift tourniquet holding together the shorn leg of a man gruesomely injured by the finish-line explosive. Later, Wheeler was honored at center court of Boston Garden, a sellout crowd of Celtics fans cheering him, acknowledging with a standing ovation what he had done. He was hailed at his college graduation ceremony, where he received what everyone thought was a diploma. The university president made special note of his presence. Robert Wheeler was an inspirational story perfect for a time when a city and its people needed a lift. But as time passed, the one needing a hand was Robert Wheeler. Last August, four months after the Boston Marathon and everything that came with it—success, heroics, celebrity, despair—Wheeler was living out of his Dodge Caliber or in a tent he’d pitch when the weather allowed. In his darkest moments, he reached out to family, friends, and his church, who surrounded him with love and support, and got him back on his feet. Now, he’s training to be a firefighter. Read more about Robert’s inspirational story here.