Everyone can be a hero to someone else. You don't have to wear a cape or have magical powers. All you have to have is one thing...
The dictionary says courage means, "being able to do something despite being frightened." That can sometimes be a hard thing to do, but not for these six kids. They didn't wake up one morning and decide they were going to be a hero. But by the end of the day, they all decided to step up and became a hero in someone else's eyes!
MARCOS UGARTE, age 14
When a neighbor's house caught fire one day, Marcos decided to help out in any way he could. Climbing a ladder held by his father, Marcus crawled in a second floor window and rescued 8-year-old Cody Ma, who was trapped inside.
ANAIAH RUCKER, age 9
Anaiah and her 5-year-old sister was walking to the bus stop one morning when she noticed a truck was about to hit her sister. Pulling her out of harm's way, Anaiah was hit instead and spent the next few months in the hospital, recovering from her injuries. If not for her bravery in doing the right thing, her little sister might have been killed.
RILEY BRADEN, age 5
Riley was swimming in a hotel pool when she noticed a toddler fall into the water. Not seeing any lifeguard on duty and other grownups too far away to hear her calls, Riley dove to the bottom of the pool and rescued the child. She was given an award for her quick thinking and bravery.
KYLE FORBES, age 10
Kyle, a Boy Scout, was alone in a classroom with his teacher when she began to choke on an apple. Even though he was autistic, Kyle had been taught how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver by both the Scouts and his father. Realizing his teacher was in danger, he performed the technique and saved his teacher's life.
CALEB TAYLOR, age 5
Caleb was sleeping in the back of his mother's car when he woke up and noticed his mother was having a seizure. Instead of panicking, he calmly unbuckled, climbed into the front seat and steered the car to safety before finding someone to call 911.
JOHAVEN GONZALES, age 8
Johaven was traveling with his family when their car went off the road and down a steep mountain cliff. He calmly called 911 before climbing back up the 100 foot cliff to direct people to the crash site. If not for his quick thinking, first responders might not have been able to locate his family until it was too late.
Courage can be seen in a lot of different ways...
Choosing not to cheat on a test.
Standing up to a bully.
Saying no to a friend daring you to take something that doesn't belong to you.
Heroes can be found all around us. You can even find one by just looking in the mirror!
(By Jurii - wikimedia commons)
sponsored by the KICKS Kids Club