10 Forgotten People That Were Selflessly Heroic

These days, it seems like another tragedy hits the airwaves every five minutes. With a rampant gun problem and a political hailstorm to weather day in and day out, devastation seems inescapable in the current climate. At every turn, children are dying, wars are waging worldwide, and the very fabric of our democracy is being tested day in and day out.

Most recently, the brave, outspoken, and totally incredible survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are making headlines for their activism in the face of a government that values guns over one’s right to go outside and not reasonably expect to die at the hands of a madman with a gun. Some students, however, were not so lucky. They died trying to save their classmates and they should never be forgotten.

In fact, none of the following people on this list, who sacrificed their lives, comfort, and careers to save others, should ever be forgotten by us. Check out these 10 totally selfless heroes.

Aitzaz Hasan

At just 15 years old, this brave young man tackled a suicide bomber entering his school. He sacrificed his life to save hundreds of kids.

Peter Wang

Peter, a 15-year-old JROTC cadet sacrificed himself in the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High to save classmates. Peter was shot and killed while holding the door to his study hall open, allowing dozens of his classmates to get away from the shooter.

Kyle Carpenter

At 21 years old, Carpenter shielded his friend from the blast of a grenade that was thrown onto the rooftop upon which they were stationed. Kyle lost his teeth and his right eye, and he shattered his jaw and broke his arm in a number of places. Both men survived.

Najih Shaker Al-Baldwai

This man stopped the suicide bomber from entering Sayyed Mohammed Shrine in Balad City. If he wouldn’t have intervened by throwing himself on the bomber, the blast would have taken so many lives.

Anthony Perez

Anthony plunged into frigid waters to help friend Juan Umpierrez after he fell through the ice. The children were playing near the pond when the 12-year-old fell through. Perez managed to push Umpierrez back onto solid ground, but he himself couldn’t escape. He was unable to be resuscitated.

Mark Bingham

Mark was a passenger on board United Airlines Flight 93. Bingham was among the passengers who, along with Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, and Jeremy Glick, formed the plan to retake the plane from the hijackers on 9/11, and led the effort that diverted the plane to ultimately crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thwarting the hijackers plan to crash the plane into a building in Washington, D.C., most likely either the U.S. Capitol Building or the White House.

Nicholas Winston

Sir Nicholas George Winton was a humanitarian who orchestrated the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain.

Shelia Frederick

This flight attendant noticed a young girl on the plane looking very uncomfortable next to an older man. Fredrick left a note in the bathroom for the girl, at which point the victim left a note saying that she needed help. Frederick alerted the pilots, who were able to contact police on the ground where they were landing. When they touched down, the man with the teen was taken into custody. That’s when they learned that this girl was about to be sold into a human trafficking ring.

Muelmar Magallanes

Eighteen-year-old Muelmar noticed the rising flood waters in his home and tied a string to his waist and another to a grounded object. Muelmar rescued his entire family and proceeded to save as many as two dozen other people until he was swept away by the flood.

 Matt McQuinn

Matt McQuinn dove in front of his girlfriend and her older brother as a gunman opened fire on a theatre. McQuinn died protecting them. Both of them ultimately survived.

The bravery of these people is absolutely incredible. When duty called, they put everything on the line for the greater good. For that, we are all eternally grateful.

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