10:07 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 12/27/2012 10:00AM
Every week PEOPLE spotlights the Heroes Among Us, those who are making a difference in their community and in the lives of others.
From high school students taking a stand against bullying to the generosity of a police officer, these five inspiring stories warmed our hearts in 2012.
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