For as long as there have been humans there have been heroes, but before cameras became ubiquitous, heroics were captured only in story, painting or song. When someone does something heroic these days, there’s a good chance that someone else is nearby filming it with an iPhone.
There is something that makes you feel good when you watch a video of a hero stepping up to help someone. Here are some of the best to be found.
Construction worker plucks boater from danger
The couple was caught in the backwash. Rescue efforts were quickly launched but were hindered by the difficulty in approaching them in the water.
After more than half an hour of rescue efforts, construction worker Jason Oglesbee and his crew jumped into action. Crane operator Joe Lowe hauled Oglesbee up on their construction crane and lowered the harnessed hardhat over the river. He grabbed Ralph-Neely and was able to haul her to a nearby rescue boat. Sadly, her husband drowned before he could be saved.
Oglesbee, Lowe and the rest of the crew then went right back to working on their project after the rescue.
Man in wheelchair takes down unruly customer
He didn't hesitate when he saw the man get angry and rush at Grewal behind the counter. He rolled over, grabbed the man, and hauled him to the ground. He was pulled out of his chair but he maintained control until others in the store took over. He pulled himself back into his chair like the awesome dude that he is and waited with the others until the police arrived.
Dog drags dog out of traffic
The dog that was initially struck died, and the hero dog ran off and was never seen again.
Jumping ducklings get a hand
So he went outside and stood underneath. Eventually the ducklings started coming. He caught the jumping babies, one by one, then with some friends led the ducks across traffic to the water, where they quickly paddled off.
Netted whale set free
What happened next is mind-blowing. The freed whale spent the next hour giving Fishbach and his friends the show of a lifetime, breaching, slapping and spinning. It's not hard to interpret the whale's actions as joyful thanks.
And if your heart doesn't melt around the 7:25 mark, well, then, I don't know what to say to you.
Visit the Great Whale Conservancy website to learn more about their work.
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