Tag Archives: Heroic

POSITRACTION: He handed Liam over and drove away


Driver ‘a hero’ for saving toddler

Last updated 16:30 23/01/2013

The Paraparaumu truck driver who slammed on his brakes and scooped a toddler out of harm’s way in February last year has been rewarded for his heroic actions.

Dennis Roderick was reunited with the little blond-haired boy for the first time today when he received the supreme Beaurepairs Highways Hero award in Wellington.

”You’re a little bit heavier now mate,” Roderick said as he gave Liam Adamson, now aged two, a hug.

The grandfather was driving at about 40kmh along Mana Esplanade, north of Porirua, last February when he saw Liam just metres in front of him attempting to cross four lanes of traffic.

He swung his 20-metre-long truck and trailer across both southbound lanes to prevent the toddler being run over. He then leapt out of his cab and picked up the boy, who was dressed in a nappy and singlet.

Roderick’s heart continued to race as he cradled the then 16-month old in his arms while trying to figure out where the tot had come from.

He spotted an open gate then Liam’s distraught mum Michelle Barr. He handed Liam over and drove away, not wanting to hold up traffic.

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What were all the other drivers doing?

Typical hero. Just drive away after doing the right thing. No big deal.

Hope I have an opportunity to be that heroic and humble.

But, small challenges only, in line with my limited abilities.

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MFOUND: MC acted to back Coach Wooden’s righteous action in 1948


A Tribute to Coach John Wooden from Pat Williams in “How to Be Like Coach Wooden”:

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That was the year a young coach by the name of Wooden had put together a pretty good basketball team at Indiana State University. That team included a young many by the name of Clarence Walker. Walker wasn’t one of the starting five, but he came off the bench to help Indiana State win an invitation to the NAIA basketball tournament in Kansas City. Thirty-two teams were invited, and one of them would emerge as the small-college national champion.

But there was a problem.

Walker was black.

Remember that this was just the year after Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and was subjected to death threats and verbal abuse for breaking the “color barrier” in Major League Baseball. Racism was rampant in Indiana and most of the rest of the nation.

Tournament officials called Wooden and told him that his team was invited, but Walker wasn’t. “We’ve never had a black person play on the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium floor,” they said – only they didn’t say “black person.”

Now that tournament was a big deal, especially to a young man just starting out in his coaching career. But John Wooden didn’t even have to think about it.

“If I can’t bring Clarence, we’re not coming,” he said.

Fine. Indiana State was disinvited from the tournament. That’s where the story might have ended, except for the fact that the national news wires got wind of the story. An article appeared in the New York Times, and it came to the attention of officials at Manhattan College, the consensus pick to win the tournament that year. Manhattan’s coach called the NAIA offices and said, “If Indiana State can’t come with that young man, we’re not coming either.”

Faced with the loss of their biggest draw, tournament officials backed down, and Clarence Walker became the first black to play basketball on the floor of Kansas City’s municipal Auditorium.

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[JR: Swelling with pride at the actions of our Alma Mater, I wonder if we can live up to that legacy. Reminds me of Franz Jägerstätter; just do what you think is right, regardless of the current consequences. History will judge you well.]

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POSITRACTION: Two boys, one loud dog, ice, and a rescue


Boy, 7, saves brother after fall through ice in Margate
By BRIAN IANIERI Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, February 1, 2010 | 12 comments

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When 10-year-old Sage Lavin fell through ice on a Margate lagoon Sunday afternoon, his younger brother grabbed onto his hand tightly.

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About 120 yards away — in a home across the water on North Rumson Avenue — Scott and Joanne Abbott’s dog, Kano, started to bark uncharacteristically.

They said the 60-pound mutt normally doesn’t make a sound.

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And the Abbotts were glad they did not have a tragic story to tell Sunday night. Instead, they had one about a barking dog, a red hat and a brother who didn’t let go.

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[JR: Strange how the dog knew to get loud. How the boy, both boys, were able to hold on until help arrived. I’d say some Guardian Angels were working overtime.]

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POSITRACTION: Good deeds touch the hardened heart


Number 555, January 31, 2010
“The days of political correctness are numbered”

On Compassion and Altruism
by IL Fettucinni
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

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Today I witnessed an act of compassion, of tenderness, of caring, of such simple goodness as to make my eyes mist and tears roll down my cheeks.

I was at the Arne Hanna Pool in Bellingham trying to get in some aquatic exercise to lose weight. I was alternating swimming laps and bubbling in the hot tub. The hot tub in this pool can contain 21 people and is racetrack shaped and has a little sitting edge all around it where the bubbles give your back a good going over.

As I was getting out of the pool to go to the bathroom when I noticed a guy assisting another person into the hot tub. I went to the john and came out and got into the hot tub. There were about five or six of us. I now was close enough to notice the man who had been assisting someone into the pool.

The man who did the assisting was about 25 I would l guess, solid build, black hair, sort of semi-olive skin. He looked to be a ‘hapa-hoale’ which in Hawaii means half Caucasian/half something else. He was sitting above and holding what I have to guess was his brother. The brother was also in his mid twenties and seemed to have one of those conditions that robbed him of his ability to move and speak. His eyes rolled frequently out of sight and when they came back into focus seemed to have no knowledge of the external world.

At that moment the bubbles stopped. The brother who had been holding the other jumped out of the hot tub, walked over to the wall and pressed the start button in such a way as to bring the bubbles back on nice and strong. I asked him how he had done that and he replied that he had watched over time and found out that if you hold the button in for a few seconds it would make the bubbles higher and he smiled. His brother in the meantime simply sat in the tub, eyes vacuously rolling about. I noticed that these two men looked very much like each other. I wanted to ask the helping brother what affliction his brother had and were they in fact brothers. But I refrained.

I noticed that the diseased brother was actually quite handsome and was shaved closely. In fact both of these guys were very handsome. The helping brother had never left his charge out of his sight. Then he said to his brother, “Time to leave. Is that OK with you?” In the next moment he very gently placed his arms around his brother’s chest and lifted him effortlessly up out of the water to the ledge of the hot tub. I then noticed how his brother’s body was withered to the point where his waist looked about 12 inches around and his legs were spindly. He must have weighed less than 60 pounds.

Then the caring brother picked up his brother ever so tenderly in his arms and placed him onto a special chair that was designed to go into the water and had wheels to move it about. After checking his brother the caring brother pushed him away to the shower room.

At that moment I was overcome with the real world goodness of this man to his brother. I did not know they were brothers; for all I know the caring guy could have been a paid attendant. But given how much they looked alike my assumption that they were brothers is probably true. We are every day given to see crimes on TV, violence in the news, in movies, in newspapers that we are getting used to it.

Here in this pool I witnessed an act of such loving care and beauty that I literally could not hold my emotions in check. I put my head underwater to remove my tears.

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[JR: I’m speechless. Other to say that service is its own reward. And, we don’t know whom we touch when we are doing good.]

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POSITRACTION: Some have a tougher road to travel and do it with style


Lady Vol recovering from brain surgery
By TERRY KINNEY Associated Press Writer

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CINCINNATI(AP)—Amber Gray walks with a limp. Her left eyelid droops almost shut, the lingering effect of a stroke. Her left arm is in a sling.

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It wasn’t until after the 6-foot-1 forward had shoulder surgery in July that doctors found a brain aneurysm, later repaired in a 12 1/2-hour procedure that may have saved her life.

“I think I took life, in general, for granted,” said Gray, 19. “You don’t know what it (a life-threatening situation) is like until you go through it. I’m a lot stronger mentally, which is where I struggled last year.”

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Goddard said Gray had successful rotator cuff surgery on July 2 in Knoxville, and the aneurysm was unrelated. But within hours of that surgery, Gray’s lungs filled with fluid and doctors performed more tests as her mother prayed.

“We went from celebrating to not knowing if my daughter would ever wake up again,” said her mother, Tonya Carter.

It was days before the broken blood vessel that caused the stroke showed up. Meanwhile, Gray had been transferred to University Hospital in Cincinnati for neurosurgery, and then to the rehabilitation center on July 23.

Goddard called Gray’s progress “meteoric,” and said it’s been inspirational to other patients.

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Nineteen years old with a stroke. That’s for us old folks to deal with. I’d have probably said a few bad words. Never mind being inspirational. I read this and thought not every positive has to come from a Jasper. We have to recognize that other schools occasionally have heros and heroines. We too should remember Amber in our prayers. And be always aware of the fragile thread of life that binds us together. And, give thanks for all the talented people who will make this turn out OK.]

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POSITRACTION: Airman saves airliner


May 17, 2009
Airman saves airliner
Thomas Lifson

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Once again, we have reason to give thanks for the United States Military – in this case a United States Air Force Airman, Staff Sgt. Bartek Bachleda. Thanks to his alert action, a jumbo jet full of passengers was saved.

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[JR: Easy to sit down and go to sleep. Instead, he keeps his head in the game UNTILL he gets someone to pay attention.]

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POSITRACTION: Capt. Sullenberger, another “Amazing Man”


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Airbus 320 pilot Capt. Sullenberger talks about the final moments before U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made a dramatic landing in N.Y.’s Hudson River. What a pro – if you missed this, it’s a must see.

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[JR: If you haven’t seen it, endure the commercials! All I can say is “hope my challenges are a lot lot smaller.]

“I was sure I could do it.” — U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Capt. Sullenberger

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