True Heroes

There are times when ordinary people, thrust into desperate circumstances, take extraordinary action to save the lives of others---These are our heroes.

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Anthony Borges

2018 Parkland Shooting
15-year-old student, Anthony Borges barricaded the door to a classroom with his own body to protect the 20 children inside from the gunman during the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In his attempted to shield his classmates, Borges was shot five times in his back and legs. Borges survived and is recovering from the attack.

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Chris Mintz

2015 Umpqua Community College Shooting
When gunfire rang out at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon on October 1 2015. Not knowing exactly where the gunman was, Army veteran Chris Mintz dashed from one building to another, warning others about a shooter on campus. Mintz made it out alive, but a tense face off with the gunman left him with five bullet wounds in his legs, abdomen, shoulder and hand.


Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Alec Skaratols

2015 Thalys Train Attack
On August 21, 2015, Thalys train 9364 wastraveling from Amsterdam to Paris when a passenger, armed with an AKM assault rifle and 270 rounds of ammunition, opened fire. Passengers, including Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler, quickly responded. Stone then got the assailant in a choke hold and Skarlatos seized the assailant's rifle and beat him in the head with its muzzle until El Khazzani was rendered unconscious. Skarlatos then swept the other train cars for more gunmen while Sadler and fellow passenger Chris Norman tied the assailants arms behind his back.

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Victoria Soto

2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto tried to save her students by telling gunman Adam Lanza that her first-grade class had gone to the auditorium on the other side of the school. While Soto attempted to divert him, six of Soto's students tried to flee. Lanza shot and killed the children, Soto and another teacher who was in the room.

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Marian Fisher (DECEASED)
Barbie Fisher (SURVIVED)
2006 West Nickel Mines School Shooting
On October 2, 2006, an armed man named Charles Roberts entered an Amish schoolhouse and barricaded himself inside with 10 young girls. When police arrived and Roberts prepared to execute his victims, 13-year old Marian Fisher looked at the man and, hoping to buy some time for her classmates, asked Roberts to shoot her first. Marian's sister Barbie followed suit, asking to be shot next. Five of the girls died, and five survived with injuries, including Barbie.

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Liviu Librescu

2007 Virginia Tech Shooting
A professor of engineering at Virginia Tech, Liviu Librescu was teaching a class in Norris Hall on April 16, 2007 when Seung-Hui Cho entered the building and opened fire in several classrooms. As Cho approached Librescu's class, the 76-year-old professor blocked the door and told his students to escape through the windows. Librescu was shot through the door, but he prevented Cho from entering until most of the students had escaped. A Holocaust survivor, Librescu's heroism occurred the day after Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). He was buried in Israel several days later.