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Heroes Among Us: Woman with Down Syndrome Fights for Freedom – and Wins

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UpdatePosted 03/07/2014 03:15PM

Woman with Down Syndrome Fights for Her Freedom – and Wins

Originally posted 03/07/2014 12:15PM

Jenny Hatch wasn't trying to be a hero.

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Family Rescued After Mother Drives Minivan Full of Kids into Ocean

Family Rescued After Mother Drives Minivan Full of Kids into Ocean

Originally posted 03/06/2014 01:25PM

var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3302835843001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; It appeared to be just another family driving along on the sand on Tuesday, a common sight in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Good Samaritan Meets the Baby She Rescued – 26 Years Ago

UpdatePosted 03/05/2014 02:30PM

Good Samaritan Meets Baby She Rescued 26 Years Ago

Originally posted 03/05/2014 07:30AM

Every day, Shelley Cumley looks forward to the email she receives from Godvine, a Christian website, which is filled with videos of inspirational real people stories.

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Heroes Among Us: Texas Man Builds Wheelchairs for Dogs in Need | Animals & Pets, Hero Pets, Unusual Pets

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Jerry West Builds Wheelchairs for Dogs in Need

Originally posted 02/27/2014 10:35AM

Jerry West was heartbroken when his beloved Australian cattle dog, Whitey, suddenly lost her ability to walk due to cancer in December 2010.

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Baby Resuscitated on Miami Expressway

Baby Resuscitated on Miami Expressway

Originally posted 02/21/2014 12:25PM

A busy Miami expressway came to a standstill Thursday afternoon, when a woman jumped out of her car holding a baby, screaming for help.

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Heroes Among Us: Group Helps Thousands of Kids Get to College

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J.B. Schramm's Non-Profit Helps Kids Realize College Dreams

Originally posted 02/20/2014 02:35PM

J.B. Schramm remembers the beat-up couches and broken TV in the teen center he started in 1990 in the basement of Washington, D.C.'s low-income Jubilee Housing project.

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Heroes Among Us: Kansas Man Builds Wheelchair Ramps for the Disabled

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Eugene Westerhouse Builds Wheelchair Ramps for Disabled People

Originally posted 02/13/2014 02:00PM

Eugene "Westie" Westerhouse takes humility to a whole new level.

Ask the 87-year-old Eudora, Kan., resident about his good deeds and he'll start talking about wood and tape measures and four-by-fours.

When pressed about his good deeds, he says, "I was just looking for something to do."

But to many Westerhouse is a godsend, having volunteered his time and still-significant muscle designing and building free wheelchair ramps for more than 300 people with special needs for nearly four decades.

"Westie is known to almost everybody within a 100-mile radius of here," says friend and wheelchair ramp co-builder Bill VanDeBerghe, who leads the Kingdom Builders ministry of the Eudora United Methodist Church, the umbrella for Westerhouse's charitable works.

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Heroes Among Us: Florida Man Saves Infants with Help of Safe Haven Law

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Nick Silverio Rescues Babies Through His Crisis Hotline

Originally posted 02/06/2014 05:45PM

When Miami businessman Nick Silverio answers the phone, often there's a tiny little life in the balance.

As the founder of A Safe Haven for Newborns, a nonprofit he founded in 2001 to provide a 24-hour-bilingual referral hotline for new mothers on the verge of abandoning their infants, Silverio, 70, says each call can save a child.

"It's an overwhelming experience to know a child can grow up," says Silverio. "It feels just as overwhelming the first [time a child was saved] as it does the 206th."

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Heroes Among Us: Michigan Woman Helps Find the Missing

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Heather Holland Helps Families Find Their Missing Loved Ones

Originally posted 01/30/2014 02:30PM

Kristin Spires was just 20 years old in May 2010 when she vanished while driving to a party in Big Rapids, Mich.

Her stepmother, Carolyn, alerted police in her rural Michigan town, and a TV crew met her to report on the family’s frantic search.

That evening, even before the broadcast report was finished, Spires’ phone rang. Heather Holland was on the line.

"She had seen my story on TV," says Spires, "and wanted to help any way she could."

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Heroes Among Us: Texas Couple Helps Thousands of Orphans Find Homes

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Paul and Robin Pennington Have Helped Thousands of Orphans Find Homes

Originally posted 01/23/2014 01:05PM

Paul and Robin Pennington believe all orphaned children should have a chance at finding families – and they've spent much of their lives working toward that end.

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