What makes an individual a hero? If you were to ask a group of people, each person would probably give you a different answer. Some might think of their favorite athlete while others may consider a political figure who had to fight years of adversity.
There are those who view the word “hero” as someone who does the right thing no matter what. They selflessly put their lives on the line.
Some heroes fight for the rights of children. Others offer free medical services to those who can’t afford it.
Many heroes have one thing in common: they did what they did, not for recognition, but because it was the right thing to do. Here are 25 Real Stories of Everyday Heroes.
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Dr. Georges Bwelle
Dr. Bwelle is a medical doctor who volunteers his medical services to provide care to those in rural areas of Cameroon.
After watching his father become ill, and realizing not enough doctors were available, Bwelle realized he had to do something. Bwelle along with other volunteers have helped over 30,000 people receive health care.
Frank Serpico is a retired NYPD police officer. He is known for being the first police officer to report police corruption in New York City.
He is responsible for helping create The Knapp Commission in 1970, which battles corruption in the police force. He was portrayed by Al Pacino in the film Serpico.
Many times, being a hero can mean not doing anything. Stanislav Petrov was a duty officer at Serpukhov-15 (a secret command center responsible for watching over Soviet satellites in the U.S.).
One night, a missile alarm went off, signaling that the U.S. had fired. However, Petrov knew that the alarms were in the early stages and told his commanders he believed that alarm to be inaccurate. He turned out to be right and successfully diverted nuclear catastrophe.
Paul Rusesabagina is a humanitarian from Rwanda. During a 100-day war between the Hutu and the Tutsi, Rusesabagina hid and protected over 1,000 refugees in the Hôtel des Mille Collines.
Rusesabagina was an assistant manager of the hotel at the time. Don Cheadle portrayed Rusesabagina in the movie Hotel Rwanda.
James Harrison is responsible for saving over two million babies. Well, technically, his blood is responsible.
Harrison has a very rare blood type able to produce antibodies that can cure babies who are born with rare rhesus disease.