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Spider-boy saves baby from burning home

The other day, for whatever reason, Jared decided to don his Superman costume from this past Halloween and wear it around the house all afternoon and evening. I guess five-year-olds do that. Riquelme Maciel of Brazil did that too. He was wearing a Sp...

Punk Rocker saves man from freight train

Julian Shaw, like many (perhaps even most) teenagers, is not really what you call a conformist. As the guitarist for the "high velocity Psychobilly band" Checkered Fist, he is, perhaps, an unlikely hero. Nonetheless, hero he is. At least, he is to Ma...

Eight-year-old gives birthday presents to slain deputy

Sgt. Chris Reyka, an 18-year veteran of the Broward sheriff's department in Florida and father of four, was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle last August. His killers are still at large. His family, meanwhile, are without their...

Sweaty guy foiled by mom

Sharonda Wilson, a mother of two boys and aunt to four nieces, has been bothered lately by news reports of children being molested. So when she saw two teenage girls being chased by a "sweaty guy" and "screaming their lungs out," she had to do someth...

Nine-year-old saves the day

Shyra Torres plans to be a hero when she grows up -- she's going to be a teacher. Already, however, the nine-year-old is a hero of another sort. She awoke early Saturday morning to the sound of a crackling fire in her New Jersey home, but not the war...

5-year-old helps deliver baby sister

What do you when it's the middle of the night, your husband's out of town, and your baby is coming right now? Christina Barreiros laid out a towel on her bathroom floor, and decided she was going to have her baby all by herself. Fortunately, her 5-ye...

Teen saves accident victim

A seventeen-year-old teen is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of another teenager. Tyler Myers, who works part-time for a body shop, was driving back from a towing job when he came to a railroad crossing. Because he was driving a tow truc...

Mom saves son from burning house

"Around one o'clock I was in bed sleeping and I heard my neighbor yelling for help," said Lewis Lopes. Running outside, he saw smoke pouring from the house next door, the Valine family home. He helped pull the unconscious father out of the house as t...

Boy takes wheel, saves mom and sibs

What kid doesn't look forward to the day he or she can get behind the wheel and drive a car? I know it was something I looked forward to and both my kids already like to sit in the driver's seat and pretend. Eventually, they'll be old enough to drive...

Like Lassie...only real

Headlines like "Dog Saves Family From Fire" nearly always catch my attention. Thanks to Lassie, Flipper, and few gut-wrenchingly sad books from my childhood (in which some young boy's courageous, loyal and loving dog dies at the end), I have a soft s...

British teen receives commendation for post-crash assistance

An ambulance arrived at Archibishop Holgate's School to collect fourteen-year-old Nathan Johnston. Nathan wasn't sick or hurt, however. He was being picked up for a tour of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service's command centre and to receive a commendatio...

Ludacris not so ludicrous

Have you picked up Ludacris' new album, Release Therapy? It comes out today. Not a big fan of his music? How about his acting, in such films as Hustle & Flow and Crash? Did you know that he won, with the rest of the cast, a Screen Actors Guild aw...

Snakebites don't slow down heroes

Thirteen-year-old Joseph Edward Michael "Mikey" Evans was playing in the woods with his friend, ten-year-old Dustin Wright. Hiding behind a palmetto bush, Mikey felt a "sting" on his leg, and knew it was a rattlesnake bite. Now, most kids, having jus...

Scouts save Stephanie

Is there a badge for saving a drowning girl? Eighteen-month-old Stephanie Pacheco got away from her parents and fell in the Platte River at Two Rivers State Recreation Area, about 20 miles west of Omaha. Eleven-year-old Christian Nanson and nine-year...

Why the world needs Superman

My friend Susan called me from Oklahoma today, and I told her, "I am working on a post. I am going to call it, 'Why Susan needs to take Henry to see Superman Returns." Well, I would call it that, but you might not know who Susan and Henry are. Briefl...

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