When we encounter stories of people who stood in harm's way or just lent a hand when it was needed most, we like to make sure they get the recognition they deserve. Check out these 20 amazing stories of people who did just that.
A Connecticut police officer with a passion for helping children posted an adorable note two siblings wrote him while he was recovering from a knee injury. In the letter, the kids thanked Officer Anthony Nolan for "being like a dad for us" and reading to them.
Army veteran Chris Mintz ran toward a community college shooter to save other students, and released a statement on Facebook after he was released from the hospital.
A child and his local postal worker work together to deliver not only letters around the neighborhood, but also first-class smiles to many on the route.
A Utah cupcake-shop owner got a sweet reception from customers after saving a child who had been reported missing.
At Walt Disney World, the local celebrities usually sport tails or tiaras. But one 6-year-old wanted most to meet Orange County Master Deputy Keith Rogers.
An Alabama husband's sweet Facebook tribute to his wife, a nurse, went viral this weekend, thanks largely to the photo caption's final 10 words.
A 5-year-old with brain cancer got to play policeman for a day, and even broke up a staged fight between bad guys.
In an effort to let his students know how special they are, Chris Ulmer starts each class giving compliments to them individually.
Tonya Peat was breast-feeding her then 7-month-old daughter when she found a lump. And in September, when the diagnosis came, she knew there was one person who could save the day: her own mom.
One of the three American heroes who helped thwart a heavily armed gunman on a passenger train in France last month said he'd like to think others in his position would have done the same thing.
A kindhearted police officer helped Tierra Gray and her family get back on their feet after they got evicted from their home in Oxford, Ohio, where her children attend school.
People hailed Martha McClure as a hero when photos of the day care provider's beaten face went viral after she stood up to a non-custodial parent who allegedly attacked her.
After getting separated from his family, a scared boy was comforted by police officer David Taylor during the Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana, earlier this month.
The manager of a motel has been hailed as a hero in the wake of an explosion that leveled part of a building. A gas worker was injured, but others made it out safely thanks to her prompt evacuation.
A Texas police officer was troubled by what he saw in the back seat during a traffic stop earlier this month: three young girls who didn't have car seats. So he didn't issue tickets: He bought them seats.
A 10-year-old boy with a severe lung disease was sworn in as an honorary police officer in a heartwarming ceremony at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Why wait for Halloween when there's a special kid in need of cheering up? Menacing zombies attacked a bit early and dancing deputies performed "Thriller" — all to the delight of a boy who is battling a terminal illness.
When one Santa learned of a child's wish for the holiday, he took action to help his whole community.
Instead of traffic tickets, one Georgia police officer dished out something much sweeter to the people he pulled over — ice cream.
A Connecticut fire captain created the Fire Trucks for Christian Facebook page, where he posted the photo to cheer up 4-year-old Christian Reynoso as he began treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
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