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.
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.
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.
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.