What Makes a Hero?

The first thing that comes to mind is a person of extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personality. But in reality, most heroes are ordinary people acting in the best interest of others, usually in disregard for their own safety. And most of them don’t even consider themselves heroes. They usually say that they are just doing what needed to be done.

This page is devoted to telling the stories of heroism, and to keeping alive the memory of those who have sacrificed to help others.

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Ashley Marie Aldridge

Ashley Marie Aldridge

On a September morning in 2015, 19-year-old Ashley Aldridge was working in her kitchen when she heard faint cries for help. She looked out her window and saw a man in a wheelchair, sitting on a railroad crossing down the street. A 75-year-old man's  wheelchair had...

Tibor Rubin

Tibor Rubin

He survived a Nazi concentration camp and a Chinese prison camp and single-handedly defended a hill against a North Korean assault in order to allow his fellow soldiers to retreat to safety. Born to Jewish parents in Hungary, Tibor Rubin was sent to Mauthausen...

Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot

Not one to be pushed around, Neerja Bhanot dumped her abusive husband after two months and, at age 22, began a career with PanAm Airlines.  She was senior purser on PanAm Flight 73 from Bombay to New York when it was hijacked during a layover in Karachi. She quickly...

The Craziest Pilot

The Craziest Pilot

7:30 AM, June 6, 1944--Juno Beach, Normandy, France Lieutenant James Doohan and his men are part of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division tasked with establishing a beachhead. In broad daylight, under constant fire from enemy machine guns, Doohan leads his men across a...

The Cat Lady’s Secret

The Cat Lady’s Secret

Neighbors in the British seaside town of Torquay described her as a very private woman who loved her cats. The frail, 89 year old woman who had no known relatives was destined for a pauper's grave. Then, police looked through her possessions and found old French...

Dorothy Counts

Dorothy Counts

September 4, 1957 A 15 year old girl starts her first day at school. She is met by her fellow students and many of their parents, who jeer at her, call her names, throw garbage and rocks at her. Girls, encouraged by their parents, spit on her. Dorothy Counts was one...