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I thought we could have a positive thread that talks about what ordinary people do that is really extraordinary.

I'm thinking of people who save lives every day and don't think it's any big deal, like doctors and nurses, firemen and policemen. Like teachers and school administrators who lift children up and inspire them. Like really good parenting. And so on.

I invite you all to tell some stories and include yourself if you're not too embarrassed.

I'm thinking of a seventh grade boy that I see every day at school who is challenged with autism. He has grown so much this year. He competed in a county wide spelling bee, he won an award for best reader of the trimester, he went out for cheerleading and now is going out for track. He has a singing role in a play. His two siblings are eccentric but gifted children and he works very hard to compete against them and his own personal best, even though he has autism.

He is one of my heroes.
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I thought we could have a positive thread that talks about what ordinary people do that is really extraordinary.

I'm thinking of people who save lives every day and don't think it's any big deal, like doctors and nurses, firemen and policemen. Like teachers and school administrators who lift children up and inspire them. Like really good parenting. And so on.

I invite you all to tell some stories and include yourself if you're not too embarrassed.
I just learned yesterday that one of my staff members set a world record for situps in 1975 when he was 8 years old. 25,222 situps in 11 hours 16 minutes.

He was also a volunteer firefighter and search and rescue for 30 years without getting paid a dime.

He continually spends his own money on the kids at school. Today for Fun Friday in the After School Program he is bringing in enough mac and cheese and hot dogs to feed 100 kids, all of which he paid for himself (our program is way overbudget because there has been no one in charge since September, and the principal has raided our funds because nobody was there to tell him no. So there's absolutely no money for fun stuff like this).

What REALLY sucks is I have to let him go at the end of this year unless we can boost the enrollment enough to justify his position. He is lowest on the seniority list.
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You're one of my heroes...
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Segep--

You're one of my heroes...
HAHA I don't even know what to say to that.

Thank you.
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HAHA I don't even know what to say to that.

Thank you.
Your simple thank you is all that I need.
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Hero's are people like this homeowner, a man willing to put himself to the hazard and defend his family.

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GUTHRIE, Okla. – One person was shot and killed Thursday on Guthrie’s east side.

Police said a homeowner opened fire on a naked intruder who stunned the family after breaking through a back door.

That homeowner told police his family was asleep when they first heard banging at the door.

He loaded his weapon and shot the man when he walked into the kitchen and lunged at him.

The victim’s name hasn’t been released but they said he’s a white male in his 40s who lives in the area.

Officials said the suspected intruder may have been suffering from mental health issues.

Police found evidence the back door was pried open.

They said the homeowner acted in self defense so charges against him are not likely.
Guthrie homeowner shoots naked home invader | KFOR.com
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Arbor Murray-WWI-Europe
Harold (Dick) Dickenson-WWII_ Guadalcanal
Uncle Buddy (Norman) Norwood-Korean War-Korea

They fought, came home, and built a better America.
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My best friend and partner in crime. He works constantly to make the world a better place. Day in and day out, he listens to the stories of survivors of sexual violence in the prison systems, goes into the prisons to advocate for their safety, and educates the prison staff on how to recognize and stop sexual violence against the most vulnerable inmates and juveniles. How he does his job and maintains his optimism and hope for the world is hard for me to grasp. He holds two masters degrees and could make so much more money than he does, yet he gave up a lucrative career to do something good for others. He's a real hero to me and to a lot of damaged people who don't have a voice.
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My best friend and partner in crime. He works constantly to make the world a better place. Day in and day out, he listens to the stories of survivors of sexual violence in the prison systems, goes into the prisons to advocate for their safety, and educates the prison staff on how to recognize and stop sexual violence against the most vulnerable inmates and juveniles. How he does his job and maintains his optimism and hope for the world is hard for me to grasp. He holds two masters degrees and could make so much more money than he does, yet he gave up a lucrative career to do something good for others. He's a real hero to me and to a lot of damaged people who don't have a voice.
oh gosh I had no idea there was anyone doing that. I used to work in a prison and at the time and in the state (Texas) it was just a given that was part of the program. No one liked it not even the guards cause everyone can relate to being vulnerable. We were merely shown how to recognize the symptoms and counsel on aids testing (along with inmates sporting jail house tattoos).
I am so glad to hear of this. Tell your hero thank you. It is a difficult thing to know even as an employee and know you're helpless to help.
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My hubby. He served in Viet Nam in artillery. He not only had to fire the big guns, but also spent time directing the gun fire over the radio.

While he slept on an inflatible mattress, he'd wake up floating around due to the monsoon. He saw his best friend blown in half yet, he himself, managed to run for the helicoptor that would take him stateside, while bullets followed him all the way.

And decades after surviving he recalled events in his life, and with my help, wrote a book about it called, "Drafted," by William C. Stodgel.
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