I need a hero. That's what Bonnie Tyler sings. And heroes are everywhere. Saving a life is a blessing bestowed upon many... the people who survive and the ones who make survival happen. The adrenaline is what you run on and the pure human tenacity; unless of course you're trained to save people, that's brains as well. No matter what, it's still a blessing.
Redditor u/TheAdventureInsider wanted everyone who has saved a life to speak out and rejoice by asking.... People who once literally saved a life, what happened?
When I was seven.....Giphy
When I was seven I was playing on the busiest road in town, trucks and buses constantly thundering past, inches from pedestrians. A young mother, deep in conversation with her friend, let go of the pushchair in which her baby was fast asleep. The pushchair rolled into the road, I dashed out and pulled the baby out of the path of huge truck.
The mother, oblivious to the drama that had just taken place, snatched the child from me and without acknowledgement turned away to continue her chin wagging. No one but the truck driver and myself had an inkling of what had taken place. mykylodge
"I'm scared. I messed up."
When I was 16, my younger sister attempted suicide while we were home alone. I was doing spanish homework, she was in her room by herself.
She had been going through a rough time and my whole family knew it. My parents are divorced and my mom treats our mental health very differently than my dad does. My mom knew that our mental health is just as important as physical health, my dad never took us seriously. Just our luck, we were at my dads house the night that everything happened.
I heard her crying in her room from the kitchen, but decided not to intrude for the first few minutes, knowing she liked her alone time. I heard her talking, so I assumed she was on the phone with my mom. Finally, after about 20 minutes of sobbing coming from my sister, I decided to check on her (wish I did sooner). She was laying on her bed crying, didn't even move when I walked inside. All she said was "I'm scared. I messed up." My eyes scanned the room and I saw empty bottles of her medication. They were all empty. I calmly asked her how many she took, she said all of them.
I picked her up and ran her to the bathroom, calling 911 as I got her to throw up the pills. I stayed surprisingly very calm throughout the whole ordeal, up until the ambulance and police finally got there. That was when I started having a full blown panic attack. One of the police officers had to go retrieve my inhaler.
Turns out, she was concealing the side effects of her medication from my family and from her doctors. She was developing schizophrenia and severe depression, solely from her meds. She told us that there were voices in her head telling her to do it, and she was so tired of hearing them (she had insomnia because of the voices). It's been 4 years since, and she's doing much better. She's basically a new person and loves the life she's living. I'm so proud of the progress she has made. upperslide8
I was at a party and a girl overdosed and no one was doing anything helpful. she was foaming at the mouth and choking so I put her in recovery position and she coughed up a lot of stuff that would have blocked her airway completely. goldfishspagetti
Gf (when we were 15) started choking on a chicken wing bone. Didn't know what was up at first, then she stood up and grabbed her neck and looked pale blue. I did the Heimlich maneuver and the bone popped out and she began coughing and gasping for air. After a min or two she settled down and was breathing normally. She was creeped out the rest of the night and was afraid to sleep. She told me just as I started the maneuver everything was starting to go black from the outside of her field of vision, inwards. That was a trippy night. _CattleRustler_
I'm Getting this Kid!Giphy
I was once leaving a restaurant and walking to my car when I heard a child crying and screaming. It sounded terrible and I felt something was off so I started tracking the noise through the parking lot. I eventually found a mini-van, all windows up in the middle of July. Mini-van was turned off with no adults inside. I waited for about a minute, called 911 and told them what was happening, they said they would send someone. I told the dispatcher I didn't think it could wait. I remember being worried about being accused of kidnapping so I told the dispatcher something along the lines of, "I'm breaking into the car to get this child, I'm not taking the child or going anywhere, I'll wait for the police to arrive but I'm getting the kid out of this car."
Got into the vehicle to find a 3 year old strapped into the car seat in the very back. He was screaming bloody murder, all of his clothes were dripping in sweat. Pulled him out of the car and held him until he calmed down and police/firemen arrived. He was a foster child. Dad and Uncle had been drinking inside for over an hour. Temperature on the dashboard read at over 130 degrees Fahrenheit (I don't remember the exact temp).
Kid went to the hospital to get checked out, my wife and I rode with as he had taken to us. He ended up being fine. I called the DCFS case worker afterwards to make sure the kid was removed from that family. Local news came out and interviewed my wife and I and the fire department gave us a citizen service or hero award or something. My work made a big deal about it and played the news segment at one of our meetings. I just remember thanking God the kid was ok. Everyone kept calling us hero's etc. It seemed strange the whole time since we didn't risk our lives or anything, just broke into a car and waited for the cops. In my mind, real heroes make sacrifices or take risks for the benefit/good of others. We were just right place, right time, and did what a reasonable person would do. Doc_Goldberg
When I was 10 my 3 year old sister tried running in front of the bus that was supposed to pick us up. I grabbed her by her jacket at the last minute. All I remember after that was everyone panicking. i-feed-on-dead-memes
Was off duty walking around town and saw a massive issue happening at the river, man with MS had had a seizure and collapsed into the water, was lifeless and drowning.
I wasn't in any kit but have a history of water rescue in my previous job so forget it. I got in after him and yeah, he was about 6ft 5, very heavy, I'm very big myself but this dude started to regain use of his body and lashing out in panic, punching me, dragging me under with him.
Honestly one of the only times I thought I'd screwed up and main the wrong choice of going in after him.
Managed to kick out from him and get behind him so he couldn't hit me, Swam him back to land and yeah he was ok.
On the plus side his mum (his care) brought me some amazing biscuits and cookies into the station the following days and the lad was so appreciative, we are now good friends. OnlyBiceps
This guy collapsed in front of Walmart a few years ago and vomited so much blood I thought he'd die of exsanguination. I got my phone out, put 911 on speaker and di chest compressions on the man while the 911 operator sang Staying Alive by The Bee Gees. Staying Alive has the perfect rhythm for chest compressions and is on the NY Presbyterian CPR Spotify playlist. The hospital was only three miles up the road so the rescue squad got there super quick. Because I gave my information to 911 and First responders the man's wife was able to call me a few weeks later and let me know her husband was doing much better.
He'd had a cardiac episode followed by a tension pneumothorax. They airlifted him to Duke Hospital and he was released after quadruple bypass. He died this year, aged 81 of natural causes, according to his obituary. He lived an additional seven and a half years. His wife asked me to pick something so she could say thank you, I didn't want anything. I was just some 17 year old kid who happened to come out of the store at the right time. I can't imagine asking someone for payment for saving their life. Besides, I did small potatoes compared to EMS and hospital staff. carmelacorleon
3000 pounds of hydraulic pressure ......
I was running ground observation during a main landing gear retract operation when our production superintendent not only walked into the coned off area without being cleared to do so, but he walked under the aircraft and started looking at a beacon light near one of the main gear doors.
Because it was so loud, he couldn't hear me scream at him, and because I wasn't keying my microphone, but I was screaming, the guys upstairs thought my microphone died. So they proceeded to cycle the landing gear without verifying that it was clear (they thought it was clear because they though I was yelling to them that it was).
I had to run and shove my pro sup out of the way of a moving door that was under 3000 pounds of hydraulic pressure and would have easily severed an arm or leg. deuteranopia
help the kid.Giphy
Saw a single mother try to get her baby carriage with a new born in it off the train while her 1-2 year old toddler was trying to get off herself. Unfortunate the gap between the train and the platform was too big for that little girl's short legs and I instinctively snatched her up and carried her onto the platform while the mom went from momentary amber alert to "oh okay this stranger helped my kid".
It's not particularly dramatic but I'm pretty sure crap could be ended REALLY bad for that little one if I or somebody else hadn't grabbed her. It was a long way down and it would've been hard to get her back up. As far as I know, with how much traffic there was in and out of that train I was the only person who kept an eye on that little girl in that moment and what would have happened if her accident wasn't noticed before the train started back up? It's a thought I never finish and I'm just happy I did what I did because forget that crap. 7hhffe
A complex villain is always more interesting than a one-sided evil that has no underlying motivation.
Sometimes, the villains are even sort of in the right--the heroes keep the peace for the sake of keeping the peace, but are they really doing the right thing? Or would the villain have been better winning?
Here were some of those answers.
Ed Harris's character in The Rock. Ex-vet wanted a decent funeral for some of his fallen comrades plus I think a 100 mil in compensation for their families
Spoiler alert: the president said no
Who Went First
The Machines in the Matrix.
The Second Renaissance showed that it was humans who struck first and tried to destroy the sentient Machines once they became intelligent. The Machines removed themselves from society and created their own city 1-0 in the middle of the desert to try to allay human fears but it still didn't work.
Humans were the aggressors. The Machines wanted to protect themselves.
And the Machines are not even evil. Instead of just exterminating humans or chopping off their heads and using their bodies as batteries they took the trouble to create a massive virtual world for us. They even tried making it a Paradise at first (according to Agent Smith) but we rejected it so they went more realistic.
Protecting Your Kind
Magneto. Having been a Holocaust survivor, it makes a lot of sense to not want to see the people you identify with once again persecuted for the circumstances of their birth.
Luke Castellan from Percy Jackson. His motivation was that the gods didn't pay enough attention to their kids (himself included) and wanted the gods and Camp Half-Blood to recognize the children of the minor gods.
When American Healthcare Is The Real Villain
Sandman from Spider-Man 3. He just wanted a chance to see his dying daughter before she died. The only reason he robbed places was the get enough money to find treatment for her. He accidentally killed uncle Ben, and felt really bad about it, to the point where it haunted him.
For The Greater Good
He has literally, like without a shadow of a doubt seen every single outcome of every single decision he has or will ever make. And the only way humanity survives is if he rules them and takes them on a certain path.
Yet the fantastic four keep on beating his ass down.
His rule isn't even that bad, even in the context of 'a great leap forward.' The FF just don't like him because he's just a power hungry single leader and being that and ruling the earth has historically been bad. But you know what all those other populist leaders didn't have? LITERAL DEMONSTRABLE CLAIRVOYANCE AND SUPER INTELLIGENCE.
My Life Is Over
Zemo from Captain America Civil War. Superhero battle kills everyone he cares about, destroys his city and sets his country back to the Stone Age. Then they just go home. Zemo targeted the avengers and set them up to turn on each other. A man with no powers was able to beat the Avengers.
He saw the lies that were being spread, the fact that those in charge were harming humanity, and wanted to make a change which, okay put him in charge, but also lead to actual change for the people.
Also, Captain Hammer is a jerk.
The EPA guy in Ghostbusters was just trying to make sure their weird new technology was safe but the quippy nerds refused to comply. Turns out they didn't even have a backup generator for if it ever got unplugged.
Javier Bardem's character in Skyfall. Betrayed and abandoned by his own country, and subjected to years of torture. Hell, the same thing happened to Bond at the beginning of Die Another Day, but MI6 eventually got him back whereas they just forgot Silva existed.
Commuters and local residents feared for their lives after a man went on a shooting spree during rush hour traffic in North Seattle around 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.
According to CBS News, two people were killed as the suspect shot through several windshields at drivers a few blocks East of Lake City Way in a car jacking rampage.
"It didn't matter who you were. He was going to shoot you if he saw you," said witness John Barrett of the shooter who is now in custody of the police.
Another witness recalled their narrow escape from the chaos, saying:
"I turned around and left, because he was heading right for me. I barely got out of there. It was close, real close."
DEVELOPING: Two people dead, two in critical condition after shooting incident, attempted carjackings in Seattle.… https://t.co/Ano1ekOUVf— ABC News (@ABC News)1553737101.0
MORE: Seattle police say “one lone suspect” is in custody after “this random, senseless act.”… https://t.co/4RrNB19dwb— ABC News (@ABC News)1553737220.0
The nightmare began after the 33-year-old suspect, later identified as Tad Michael Norman, shot a 57-year-old female driver in a car jacking attempt on Sand Point Way Northeast and Bartlett Avenue Northeast.
Luckily, she survived the attack.
@harborviewmc patient Deborah Judd who was injured from the North Seattle shooting talks to the media today. She… https://t.co/2PX9VszFrU— UW Medicine Newsroom (@UW Medicine Newsroom)1553804448.0
Shooting incident in Lake City: At 4:05 p.m., an operator on Rt. 75 hit their Emergency Alarm & reported that they… https://t.co/zwThGSJZxq— King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐 (@King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐)1553732444.0
The gunman then targeted a bus driver, Eric Stark, and shot him in the torso, but his wound did not prevent him from saving the passengers' lives.
The Seattle Police Department called the Metro Route 75 driver a hero after he took a bullet and drove the 12 passengers to safety by backing up out of the shooter's range:
"This bus driver truly is a hero. He was able to have the wherewithal to put the bus in reverse, back it up, turn it around, which is no easy feat in and of itself."
Continued: Preliminary information is that no other passengers were injured & 12 other passengers were on board at… https://t.co/jbIy9YEanK— King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐 (@King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐)1553732483.0
A metro spokesman said of Stark:
"My understanding is, even after he had been struck by gunfire, he was able to maneuver the bus, to back out and get his passengers to safety, before hitting the emergency-alarm button."
Statement from Rob Gannon, Metro's general manager: “We commend the heroic actions of our colleague, Eric Stark, w… https://t.co/AvOvx67y5w— King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐 (@King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐)1553742610.0
Continued: "Safety is of utmost importance to Metro and situations like today’s make us thankful for the quick thin… https://t.co/uQMhGCtBvB— King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐 (@King County Metro 🚏🚌🚎⛴🚐)1553742702.0
@seattletimes Bus driver saved lives. ❤️— Erin Thomas (@Erin Thomas)1553745380.0
Norman moved on to hijack another vehicle after killing a 50-year-old man at the wheel and sped off to flee from the scene. A half-mile car chase ensued before he collided with another vehicle and killed its 70-year-old driver.
Tad-Michael Norman, a 33-year-old unemployed former Microsoft employee, is accused of murder and other charges afte… https://t.co/nZXMqsQfZx— Tom Cleary (@Tom Cleary)1553790662.0
Police spokesman Deputy Police Chief Marc Garth Green categorized the attack as a "random, sensless act" during a press briefing.
The victims, including the suspect were taken to Harborview Medical Center. After Norman was discharged from the hospital, he was transported to King County Jail where he is under investigation for homicide, robbery and assault.
According to the Seattle Times, the city's Mayor Jenny Durkan called the shooting a "tragedy for the Lake City community and all of Seattle."
"We grieve with the loved ones of those who were taken, and we extend the good wishes and support of our City to those who were injured. I am unspeakably grateful to the King County Metro driver who acted to save lives."
We have become numb to yet another "senseless act" becoming the norm.
@ABC Gun supporters: “it wouldn’t have happened if they had a gun on the bus”— ❤️ (@❤️)1553808883.0
@ABC Prayers are with the families.— LRFalstad (@LRFalstad)1553753623.0
My heart goes out to victims and families of the shooting in Seattle. That's my home. I used to WALK there when I w… https://t.co/2nsNtCZvzj— Mary Reese (@Mary Reese)1553751784.0
Watch the full CBS News report in the YouTube clip, below.
Seattle shooting: Witnesses describe deadly rush hour rampage www.youtube.com
When is enough, enough?
Jose Guzman lost his home to a fire that broke out at his neighbor's house and spread too quickly for firefighters to contain.
But he made sure he didn't lose everything.
When he arrived at his family's home and saw that the fire couldn't be contained, he was determined not to lose their dog, Gabanna, too.
Guzman was away from home at a family barbecue with his fiancée Adriana and their three children Yvette, 2, Hazel, 4, and Yetzel, 6, when someone mentioned a fire in their neighborhood.
He was fairly sure it wasn't their house, since they hadn't been gone long.
"I didn't think it was mine because we had just left the house about an hour ago, but I decided to get in my truck and drive over there."
When he arrived at their home, however, he saw that his house was indeed on fire.
The blaze had started at his neighbor's house and spread to his. Firefighters had run out of water because of the severity of the blaze, and had requested assistance from other nearby fire crews.
He immediately thought of the family's blue nosed pit bull, Gabanna, who was still in the house. Without thinking twice, he rushed into the house to get her out.
"I knew something could've happened to me or both of us, but it didn't go through my mind at the time."
"That dog is part of my family. She's been with us through downs and ups and I couldn't leave her there. I would do it again if I had to; I would do it for anybody in my family."
Guzman found Gabanna in the only room in the house not already filled with smoke or flames: the bathroom. She had curled up in a ball under the toilet.
"I ran through the curtain of fire and made my way through the smoke to the back of the house, where I had her chained up."
"It was hard for me to get her leash unhooked, but I managed to get her loose and we both ran out towards the driveway"
Jose's daring rescue was filmed by his landlord's son-in-law, Adam Guzman (who is not related to Jose).
He posted the video to Facebook.
Guzman received second-degree burns to his face, right side, arm and left ear when he entered the house.
Gabanna also suffered burns to her nose and paw, and was pretty scared by the experience. Jose said they are both healing well and Gabanna is expected to make a full recovery.
Jose's fiancée Adriana said she wasn't surprised by his actions:
"He's that person that would do that for anybody. He's a loving dad, a loving son, a loving brother."
Facebook users were touched by Jose's rescue of Gabanna.
Many people siad they would have done the same for their furry family members.
The family have been staying with Jose's sister Roxana Martinez since the fire. Roxana started a GoFundMe campaign to try to help them get back on their feet after losing everything in the fire.
As 2018 came to a close, many people thought back on their last 365 days and then took to social media to chronicle the highs and lows of their year. Chance The Rapper was no exception.
Just before the New Year, Chance The Rapper told the world about that time he saved a man's life.
Lucky for us, HotNewHipHop's Instagram captured and posted Chance's story.
Chance began with a photo of a wrecked car dated "APR 1, 2018."
"AY so I never told this to the world but my friends can merch. I saved a persons life by myself on Easter Sunday this year omw to church. NBS on everything"
The story continued:
"This afterwards but basically I was driving to church dolo, about to go south on lakeshore and another car drives into the wall in front of me goin like 90mph comin off the exit. I was the only person out there when it first happened and his car was on fire so I had to break his window take off his seatbelt let his seat back and pull a whole grown man out of the car unconscious."
He finished the recollection, saying:
"Sidenote: I was only by myself at first, then two older men helped me pull folks out the front after I go the doors open. But def was getting that "am I getting punk'd" at first"
Chance also made sure to include the most important part of his story:
"In reality I never was able to find out if dude was alright so if this is yo uncle or something let a ni--- kno 🙏🏾"
Not long after his story posted to Instagram, Chance shared an incredible update to the tale.
A kid DM’d me saying it was his uncle and that he lived!! https://t.co/fBkpwGQXIL— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1546293175.0
Fans shared their appreciation of Chance's bravery.
@chancetherapper This man saved a life AND made Sunday Candy???— Bomb Ahhhhh Tweets (@Bomb Ahhhhh Tweets)1546329319.0
@chancetherapper Chance the Vigilante— DeLynn (@DeLynn)1546295089.0
@chancetherapper We don’t deserve you— Madz (@Madz)1546303239.0
@chancetherapper God placed you where you was supposed to be 🙏🏼 #blessyoheart— HUMANHATER (@HUMANHATER)1546296905.0
@chancetherapper @TheRealCoolie LOW KEY LIT— Leonarddd . (@Leonarddd .)1546362930.0
@chancetherapper God bless you always! And thank you for showing the world what humanity is all about. Bless up bro! @chancetherapper— Raymark (@Raymark)1546317053.0
@chancetherapper Goat— Dylan Waters (@Dylan Waters)1546314334.0
@chancetherapper I LOVE YOUUUUUUU— Queen Love 💕👑 (@Queen Love 💕👑)1546322556.0
Good work, Chance!