What makes an individual a hero? If you were to ask a group of people, each person would probably give you a different answer. Some might think of their favorite athlete while others may consider a political figure who had to fight years of adversity. There are those who view the word “hero” as someone who does the right thing no matter what. They selflessly put their lives on the line. Some heroes fight for the rights of children. Others offer free medical services to those who can’t afford it. Many heroes have one thing in common: they did what they did, not for recognition, but because it was the right thing to do. Here are 25 Real Stories of Everyday Heroes. Last Updated on December 5, 2019

Witold Pilecki

Witold Pilecki was a 39-year-old veteran of the Polish-Soviet War. He had heard of the mass murders happening at Auschwitz and decided to do something. Pilecki volunteered to be imprisoned at the camp so he could escape and inform the allies. Although he did escape eventually, he was executed by Stalin for foreign imperialism.

Roy Madril Jr and Chris Martinez

Heroes come in all ages. When Roy Madril Jr and Chris Martinez were getting gas, they heard a scream for help from a young mother. Her car had been stolen with her children still inside. The two teens chased the car thief down and the children were saved.

Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov, and Boris Baranov

Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov, and Boris Baranov were three men who bravely swam through the radioactive waters of Chernobyl in order to prevent a nuclear meltdown. The three men, sometimes called the Suicide Squad, kept the power plant from melting down by opening sluice gates beneath the power plant and potentially saving millions of lives. These three heroes survived the harrowing experience.

Rajinder Johar

If you’re ever driving along a busy street, you may see a homeless person selling a little newspaper called The Voice. The Voice was invented by Rajinder Johar, a man who became a quadriplegic after a failed home robbery. Johar was shot in the spine and told he would never walk again. He used his time to create the newspaper, which brings awareness about people who struggle with disabilities.

James Persyn III

You don’t have to chase a criminal or run into a burning building in order to be a hero. Sometimes answering a cry for help is enough. When 14-year-old James Persyn III was home alone with his siblings, he heard a loud bang on the door and a plea for help. The cries were from a female student at Central Michigan University. She had been sexually assaulted and managed to escape. Persyn let the woman in. Her attacker found out where she was and lit the house on fire. Luckily, the boy’s father arrived home in time to put out the fire.
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