Everyday Heroes

Firefighters rescue dog trapped in ice35s

Firefighters rescue dog trapped in ice

“Bri” is one lucky pup! At 11:26 a.m. 911 callers reported a dog through the ice and unable to escape near Lone Tree Parkway and Yosemite. The crew from Firehouse 34 was quick to arrive with a rescuer already dressed in a dry suit. The team on shore held his safety rope tightly and the Dive Team was also responding, just in case. Full credit: South Metro Fire Rescue

Firefighters Revive Dog Using CPR3m50s

Firefighters Revive Dog Using CPR

Last night on #MissionAve in #Carmichael firefighters rescued an unresponsive dog from the bedroom of a house on fire Watch as our #Firefighters arrived on scene of this fire, force entry through the front door of the home, then search, rescue, and provided "Dicky" with #EMS including #CPR and oxygen. It is the goal of #MetroFire to provide emergency response service delivery including protection the life of those in our community. Even when an #AnimalRescue is needed, we will be there for you! Credit: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District https://www.facebook.com/MetroFireOfSacramento/?eid=ARAaLPncxYoEK0WeOCzkaTx3iqjoOEE8aQGGzTPFh4F9JCyNWg-G0vPzxXLVsa2grBdZDlUtEUz0vjJ6

Bodycam shows police using blanket to catch kitten falling from tree1m24s

Bodycam shows police using blanket to catch kitten falling from tree

INCREDIBLE VIDEO: Officer Devin Trotti and Officer Randy Stallard encountered a kitten stuck roughly 30 feet up in a tree while on a civil standby Friday. Before officers arrived the kitten's sibling apparently fell to its death. :( This is the condensed version of their 10-minute rescue which involved crime scene tape and one of the blankets that our officers keep in their patrol units to give to the homeless. The kitten, a female now fondly named "Trotti," was taken to the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter and is up for adoption at 1901 Hill St. in Lufkin. Credit: Lufkin Police & Fire

Once in a lifetime opportunity to see Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi32s

Once in a lifetime opportunity to see Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi

Truly blessed to have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a glimpse of Pope Francis here in Abu Dhabi. Thank you God 🙏🏼 Shukran jazeelan to the UAE leadership for promoting tolerance and mutual respect across the UAE and the world #popefrancisUAE #PopeFrancisinUAE Credit: Rowena Daquipil @RowenaDaquipil

Daring Rescuer Dives Into Frozen Lake To Save Stranded Cat3m35s

Daring Rescuer Dives Into Frozen Lake To Save Stranded Cat

A daring rescuer dived into a frozen lake wearing nothing but his boxer shorts to save a stranded cat. What would you do if you found an animal that wanted your help? This dramatic video posted to Facebook on December 24, 2018, by his sister-in-law Hilda Schurg shows the wrestler Darden Schurg diving into ice she calls "sharp as crystal," dressed only in black underwear. Darden Schurg, a 21-year-old senior wrestler, ranked #1 in the Division III 174-pound weight class at Wabash College, was visiting his father in Hobart, Indiana, when he spotted the feral cat walking over a freezing, ice-covered Lake George. Hilda and Darden Schurg were in their yard when they spotted a feline flapping around in the lake behind their house. Then it fell in, and it did not have the energy to swim to shore and save itself. Seeing its desperate plight, Darden ignored the falling temperatures, stripped out of the majority of his clothes and jumped headfirst into the water. Swimming out quickly, he managed to carry the cat out of the water, on to a neighbor’s lawn. He swam fifty yards toward the floundering cat, its head barely bobbing above the surface, accompanied by superhero music. "Dari, you got this!" a woman yells. Darden Schurg’s older brother first tried to rescue the cat but he could not stand the icy water. “I simply knew what I had to try to do and from there, it just kind of was what it was,” Schurg said. His family tried to return up with a game set up for a few minutes, but there just was not enough time. Schurg was in a familiar area, and the water he dove into wasn't deep. But an Indianapolis man died Dec. 10 after trying to rescue a dog from an icy pond at a northeast-side apartment complex in water that was about 15 feet deep. The dog survived after he got out of the lake on its own. The video of Schurg's rescue has more than 50,000 views and has been shared more than 900 times. "Darden Schurg you are quite one among the best individuals I do know...and I really mean that! “Love you buddy!" Kristi Glenn wrote. "All American, cat savior... what's next Superman?!?!? Good job buddy," Eric Boswell wrote. "This needs the Titanic music," Kyle Hon wrote. Although it went through a harrowing near-death situation, the cat is expected to make a full recovery. As for the student? He is just glad he could help an animal in need. Schurg is now being called the Aquaman of his town by some. Watch the video to see footage of the student brave rescue!

Chicago Police Officers save man & dog from frozen Lake Michigan4m21s

Chicago Police Officers save man & dog from frozen Lake Michigan

On Sunday January 27th, Chicago police officers from the 20th District helped a man to safety after he attempted to save his dog from a frozen Lake Michigan. Below is a letter from the man who wishes to remains anonymous: I first want to extend my gratitude the Chicago Police officers and first responders who came to my aid. They absolutely saved my life and I will be forever grateful to them. I took my recently adopted dog, Pika, to Lincoln Park by Foster beach Saturday afternoon. I’ve been visiting that beach and park in all weathers for years with my recently deceased dog, Bowser. This was Pika’s first visit to the park, he is a 9 month old American Eskimo mix. He was very excited and got away from me, ran down to the beach, and then to the edge of the large ice ridges that form during cold winters. I saw him disappear over the ridge. I ran up and looked down six feet to see him paddling in freezing cold water. He is a 19 pound dog and I knew that he would soon die from cold or drowning. I jumped in after him. The water was only to my waist and I lifted him onto my shoulder. Ice walls that rose two feet above my head stretched across the entire shore, trapping us in the water. I looked for a possible exit but could not find one. I trudged through the icy water for maybe 20 feet and came upon a portion of the ice wall that was lower. From where I stood in the water it was the height of my head. I placed Pika above me on the ice and tried to climb out. The ice walls were bulbous and smooth with no ridge I could place a foot on. I realized I would not be able to get myself out. My hands were numb and flipper-like at this point. It took me about 20 tries to get my phone out of my pocket. Thankfully, it was water resistant and I was able to call 911. Unbeknownst to me, a passerby had seen me jump in and alerted nearby police officers who heroically pulled me out with the passerby's dog leash. I have no doubt that I would have died without help, I am forever grateful to them. The first responders treated me and my dog in the ambulance and the emergency room. They allowed Pika to stay with me under the warming blanket in the ER. My core body temperature had dropped to 93 degrees. Pika and I are both fully recovered and in debt to our gracious and heroic first responders. This incident happened at Foster beach, but I’m sure the conditions at nearby Montrose dog beach are the same and I would caution all dog owners to keep their dogs away from the lake in these conditions. I’ve seen many ice formations in my nearly 7 years of visiting these beaches in the winter, but these ice walls are the tallest and most shear I’ve ever seen. There is a terrible danger of a dog falling behind these ice walls. Please stay away until they have melted. Credit: Chicago Police

Inspirational Moment Boy With Cerebral Palsy Walks Without Splints38s

Inspirational Moment Boy With Cerebral Palsy Walks Without Splints

This is the inspirational moment a little boy from Essex in southeast England walked without splints after a major operation. Soccer-mad Ronnie Leys, a four-year-old from Saffron Walden, has cerebral palsy and needed specialist surgery known as selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) to stop him from falling over when doing the simplest of everyday tasks such as walking and running. In the video, filmed at a physiotherapy session in Witham, Essex, on January 22, Ronnie takes several steps and even manages to scale a step. "This was the first time he has managed to walk around unaided onto a step and off the step," his father Steve told Newsflare. Ronnie, wearing the kit of his favorite soccer team Cambridge United, screams with delight when he makes it to the other side of the room. Ronnie, who turns five in April, has to undergo a grueling schedule of three physio sessions a week to help his rehabilitation. "Ronnie tried doing a few steps without his splints today - you will see by his reaction what it meant to him and what a little fighter he is,” his father Steve wrote online. "We are all bursting with pride for our inspirational son." Ronnie's life-changing operation was not available on the National Health Service. "We had started fundraising in February 2018 and went on to raise £48,000 in 12 weeks," explains Steve. "He had his operation last October [and] he is now in the process of rehab, which will be ongoing for 18 months, minimum. We are still fundraising as he requires physio during this time and for the foreseeable future. The operation was £24,000." Ronnie had the surgery in October and will spend the following year and a half in physiotherapy to help his recovery. Clare, who works for Waitrose, and Steve recorded their soccer-mad child at a physiotherapy session on Tuesday, where their son at last figured out how to walk around unaided. Just look at the smile on Ronnie's face when he makes it to the other side of the room. The moment is so precious it makes us cry tears of joy ! Ronnie also tires swimming, dance, and music lessons and he is also having weekly lessons with the cerebral palsy football team called "Cambridge In The Community" and football is one of the biggest reason he is doing so well. We are so proud of him, and we hope that someday he will fulfill his dream to become a football player!

Man Saves Thirsty King Cobra Trapped In Fishnet3m19s

Man Saves Thirsty King Cobra Trapped In Fishnet

This may be one of the most jaw droppingly amazing videos you see not only today, but ever—but before you watch this absolutely incredible footage of a man rescuing a king cobra from a fishing net near a rice paddy in east India, we have to advise you: Do NOT try this at home! You should never ever ever attempt to touch or otherwise interact with a king cobra out in the wild unless you have the years of experience that the snake rescuer, Mirza Arif, featured in this video clearly has. And even then—it’s still probably not a great idea. Having said that, who can feel anything but delighted after seeing such a heart warming example of compassion in action? When villagers in the Bhadrak District, Odisha called Arif about a king cobra who’d become snared in a fishing net, Arif knew exactly what to do. This video shows him first tenderly (albeit cautiously) offering the snake some water from a bottle. And, from the snake’s reaction, we’re guessing that he was on the brink of dying of thirst before this unbelievable human showed up to rescue him! Watching him take those first sweet sips makes this video worth the price of admission all on its own. Arif then (again, very carefully!) holds the serpent’s head with one hand and uses scissors to cut him free from the fishing net with the other, before Arif gingerly places the snake in a jar. We’re told that the cobra was later released into the forest a safe distance away from the villagers who’d gathered to watch this spectacle as it unfolded. It will be a VERY long time—if ever—before you see anything else again that’s quite like this video. It has it all—heart pounding suspense, thrills, chills, a beautiful rescue story , and, best of all, a happy ending for all concerned. What more could you possibly be looking for in a two-minute video? We can’t think of a single thing that’s missing from this one, and we encourage you to hit that Play button without losing another second thinking about it. Definitely bookmark this one, because you know you’ll be trying to describe it to a friend at some point who flat out won’t believe that something like this could happen, much less be caught on video. Who says there isn’t enough kindness in the world?

Officer rescues kitten from middle of Missouri highway1m25s

Officer rescues kitten from middle of Missouri highway

A Missouri police officer has a furry sidekick after making a rescue on an interstate highway. North Kansas City officer Jason Smith was patrolling on December 20 when he rescued a kitten perched on a barrier dividing the busy road. Credit: North Kansas City Police

Great teamwork saves baby chimp from poachers1m00s

Great teamwork saves baby chimp from poachers

Great teamwork of @lwirocrpl and Virunga National Park to save this baby out of the hands of poachers. We flew baby Mussa to his new home at Lwiro Primates. This looks cute but is actually a sad story. He should be with his mum.. But happy we could give him a new good home! Thanks to the whole team! This is conservation! Credit: @anthonycaere https://www.instagram.com/anthonycaere/