History HeroicSacrifice / RealLife

7th Feb '16 5:55:27 AM Kate
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* The Derbyshire village of Eyam, 1665. One of the villagers dies of the bubonic plague, most likely infected by fleas in a parcel of cloth sent from London, and other deaths soon follow. The people have had communication from London and know how the plague is tearing through the population there. They could abandon the village. They could bury their heads in the sand and go on with life as normal. They don't. Instead, by mutual agreement, they send away the uninfected children and then seal off the borders of the village, trading coins soaked in vinegar for food and supplies from other towns (left at certain agreed boundary spots). 14 months later, the outbreak was over but at least half the villagers were dead.
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* The Derbyshire village of Eyam, 1665. One of the villagers dies of the bubonic plague, most likely infected by fleas in a parcel of cloth sent from London, and other deaths soon follow. The people have had communication from London and know how the plague is tearing through the population there. They could abandon the village. They could bury their heads in the sand and go on with life as normal. They don't. Instead, by mutual agreement, they send away the uninfected unexposed children and then seal off the borders of the village, trading coins soaked in vinegar for food and supplies from other towns (left at certain agreed boundary spots). 14 months later, the outbreak was over but at least half the villagers were dead.
7th Feb '16 5:44:26 AM Kate
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* The Derbyshire village of Eyam, 1665. One of the villagers dies of the Black Death, most likely infected by fleas in a parcel of cloth sent from London, and other deaths soon follow. The people have had communication from London and know how the plague is tearing through the population there. They could abandon the village. They could bury their heads in the sand and go on with life as normal. They don't. Instead, by mutual agreement, they send away the uninfected children and then seal off the borders of the village, trading coins soaked in vinegar for food and supplies from other towns (left at certain agreed boundary spots). 14 months later, the outbreak was over but at least half the villagers were dead.
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* The Derbyshire village of Eyam, 1665. One of the villagers dies of the Black Death, bubonic plague, most likely infected by fleas in a parcel of cloth sent from London, and other deaths soon follow. The people have had communication from London and know how the plague is tearing through the population there. They could abandon the village. They could bury their heads in the sand and go on with life as normal. They don't. Instead, by mutual agreement, they send away the uninfected children and then seal off the borders of the village, trading coins soaked in vinegar for food and supplies from other towns (left at certain agreed boundary spots). 14 months later, the outbreak was over but at least half the villagers were dead.
7th Feb '16 5:41:29 AM Kate
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* On January 26 2016, [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/us/indiana-school-bus/ Principal Susan Jordon]] of an elementary school near Indianapolis, Indiana, witnessed a bus suddenly jump the curb and was rolling at two of her students. She rushed and pushed them out of the way. While they did go to the hospital, their injuries were non-life-threatening. Principal Jordon, sadly, was fatally stuck.
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* On January 26 2016, [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/us/indiana-school-bus/ Principal Susan Jordon]] of an elementary school near Indianapolis, Indiana, witnessed a bus suddenly jump the curb and was rolling at two of her students. She rushed and pushed them out of the way. While they did go to the hospital, their injuries were non-life-threatening. Principal Jordon, sadly, was fatally stuck.struck. * The Derbyshire village of Eyam, 1665. One of the villagers dies of the Black Death, most likely infected by fleas in a parcel of cloth sent from London, and other deaths soon follow. The people have had communication from London and know how the plague is tearing through the population there. They could abandon the village. They could bury their heads in the sand and go on with life as normal. They don't. Instead, by mutual agreement, they send away the uninfected children and then seal off the borders of the village, trading coins soaked in vinegar for food and supplies from other towns (left at certain agreed boundary spots). 14 months later, the outbreak was over but at least half the villagers were dead.
28th Jan '16 7:39:21 PM animenutcase
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* Arland Williams, the "sixth passenger" of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Florida_Flight_90 Air Florida Flight 90]]. When the plane crashed in the icy Potomac River, he and five other survivors scrambled to the tail section of the destroyed aircraft. Twice he was tossed a lifeline from a helicopter. Twice he handed it off to others more severely injured than himself. When the chopper returned again he had slipped below the surface, the only victim to die by drowning.
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* Arland Williams, the "sixth passenger" of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Florida_Flight_90 Air Florida Flight 90]]. When the plane crashed in the icy Potomac River, he and five other survivors scrambled to the tail section of the destroyed aircraft. Twice he was tossed a lifeline from a helicopter. Twice he handed it off to others more severely injured than himself. When the chopper returned again he had slipped below the surface, the only victim to die by drowning. Notably, Williams had a lifelong fear of water, making it even more awesome.
27th Jan '16 4:36:41 PM isoycrazy
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Axon John Axon]]. On 9 February 1957, he was driving a goods train from Buxton to Stockport. Near the summit at Dove Holes, a steam pipe burst, disabling the locomotive brake and whistle, rendering the crew unable to contact the banking engine to tell it to stop. Axon stayed with his engine as the train ran away downhill, trying to shut off steam and use the tender brake to stop. He was killed when the train crashed into the back of another freight train at Chapel-en-le-Frith, but due to his actions, the signalman at Dove Holes was able to warn the staff at Chapel-en-le-Frith to evacuate a passenger train that was waiting at the adjacent platform.
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Axon John Axon]]. On 9 February 1957, he was driving a goods train from Buxton to Stockport. Near the summit at Dove Holes, a steam pipe burst, disabling the locomotive brake and whistle, rendering the crew unable to contact the banking engine to tell it to stop. Axon stayed with his engine as the train ran away downhill, trying to shut off steam and use the tender brake to stop. He was killed when the train crashed into the back of another freight train at Chapel-en-le-Frith, but due to his actions, the signalman at Dove Holes was able to warn the staff at Chapel-en-le-Frith to evacuate a passenger train that was waiting at the adjacent platform.platform. * On January 26 2016, [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/us/indiana-school-bus/ Principal Susan Jordon]] of an elementary school near Indianapolis, Indiana, witnessed a bus suddenly jump the curb and was rolling at two of her students. She rushed and pushed them out of the way. While they did go to the hospital, their injuries were non-life-threatening. Principal Jordon, sadly, was fatally stuck.
31st Dec '15 7:47:10 AM GeorgeUK
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[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Gimbert Benjamin Gimbert]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Nightall James Nightall]]. On 2nd June 1944, the pair were driver and fireman on a train of bombs when the leading wagon caught fire as the train passed through Soham in Cambridgeshire. They uncoupled the wagon and drove the train forward as quickly as possible, reaching the station before the wagon exploded, killing Nightall and the signalman and severely injuring Gimbert. Had they not uncoupled the wagon, the whole train would have exploded and the town of Soham would most likely have been destroyed. Both men were awarded the George Cross for their bravery. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Axon John Axon]]. On 9 February 1957, he was driving a goods train from Buxton to Stockport. Near the summit at Dove Holes, a steam pipe burst, disabling the locomotive brake and whistle, rendering the crew unable to contact the banking engine to tell it to stop. Axon stayed with his engine as the train ran away downhill, trying to shut off steam and use the tender brake to stop. He was killed when the train crashed into the back of another freight train at Chapel-en-le-Frith, but due to his actions, the signalman at Dove Holes was able to warn the staff at Chapel-en-le-Frith to evacuate a passenger train that was waiting at the adjacent platform.
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[[https://en.**[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Gimbert Benjamin Gimbert]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Nightall James Nightall]]. On 2nd June 1944, the pair were driver and fireman on a train of bombs when the leading wagon caught fire as the train passed through Soham in Cambridgeshire. They uncoupled the wagon and drove the train forward as quickly as possible, reaching the station before the wagon exploded, killing Nightall and the signalman and severely injuring Gimbert. Had they not uncoupled the wagon, the whole train would have exploded and the town of Soham would most likely have been destroyed. Both men were awarded the George Cross for their bravery. [[https://en.**[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Axon John Axon]]. On 9 February 1957, he was driving a goods train from Buxton to Stockport. Near the summit at Dove Holes, a steam pipe burst, disabling the locomotive brake and whistle, rendering the crew unable to contact the banking engine to tell it to stop. Axon stayed with his engine as the train ran away downhill, trying to shut off steam and use the tender brake to stop. He was killed when the train crashed into the back of another freight train at Chapel-en-le-Frith, but due to his actions, the signalman at Dove Holes was able to warn the staff at Chapel-en-le-Frith to evacuate a passenger train that was waiting at the adjacent platform.
31st Dec '15 7:46:37 AM GeorgeUK
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* The destroyers and planes of US task force "Taffy 3" in the Battle off Samar definitely count. With the main bulk of Admiral Halsey's fleet off chasing a Japanese decoy fleet, the only things left to protect the six escort carriers of Taffy 3 were three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. As luck would have it, a Japanese center force consisting of ''4 battleships, eight cruisers, and '''eleven''' destroyers'' stumbled across the small group. To protect the vital escort carriers from the Japanese guns, the destroyers and destroyer escorts literally positioned themselves between the carriers and the Japanese, and closed in to point blank range of the massive ships to release torpedoes and rake their sides with cannon fire, since their smaller guns were ineffective for firing at range due to the Japanese armor thickness. In the air, the carriers' planes took off to attack the ships with everything they had, which included, according to TheOtherWiki, strafing, bombing, rocketing, depth-charging, and at least one pilot ''drawing his revolver firing at the ship'' when he ran out of ammunition. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, and losing two of their three destroyers along with two escort carriers, Taffy 3 fought with such ferocity that the Japanese fleet was forced to disengage, but not before one of the Japanese captains [[WorthyOpponent saluted]] the American sailors for their bravery.
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* The destroyers and planes of US task force "Taffy 3" in the Battle off Samar definitely count. With the main bulk of Admiral Halsey's fleet off chasing a Japanese decoy fleet, the only things left to protect the six escort carriers of Taffy 3 were three destroyers and four destroyer escorts. As luck would have it, a Japanese center force consisting of ''4 battleships, eight cruisers, and '''eleven''' destroyers'' stumbled across the small group. To protect the vital escort carriers from the Japanese guns, the destroyers and destroyer escorts literally positioned themselves between the carriers and the Japanese, and closed in to point blank range of the massive ships to release torpedoes and rake their sides with cannon fire, since their smaller guns were ineffective for firing at range due to the Japanese armor thickness. In the air, the carriers' planes took off to attack the ships with everything they had, which included, according to TheOtherWiki, strafing, bombing, rocketing, depth-charging, and at least one pilot ''drawing his revolver firing at the ship'' when he ran out of ammunition. Despite being severely outnumbered and outgunned, and losing two of their three destroyers along with two escort carriers, Taffy 3 fought with such ferocity that the Japanese fleet was forced to disengage, but not before one of the Japanese captains [[WorthyOpponent saluted]] the American sailors for their bravery.bravery. * Several examples from British Railways... [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Gimbert Benjamin Gimbert]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Nightall James Nightall]]. On 2nd June 1944, the pair were driver and fireman on a train of bombs when the leading wagon caught fire as the train passed through Soham in Cambridgeshire. They uncoupled the wagon and drove the train forward as quickly as possible, reaching the station before the wagon exploded, killing Nightall and the signalman and severely injuring Gimbert. Had they not uncoupled the wagon, the whole train would have exploded and the town of Soham would most likely have been destroyed. Both men were awarded the George Cross for their bravery. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Axon John Axon]]. On 9 February 1957, he was driving a goods train from Buxton to Stockport. Near the summit at Dove Holes, a steam pipe burst, disabling the locomotive brake and whistle, rendering the crew unable to contact the banking engine to tell it to stop. Axon stayed with his engine as the train ran away downhill, trying to shut off steam and use the tender brake to stop. He was killed when the train crashed into the back of another freight train at Chapel-en-le-Frith, but due to his actions, the signalman at Dove Holes was able to warn the staff at Chapel-en-le-Frith to evacuate a passenger train that was waiting at the adjacent platform.
5th Nov '15 1:26:22 PM Bladez636
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*** Perhaps exemplified best by firefighter [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orio_Palmer Orio Palmer]], who raced all the way up to the 78th floor (the impact zone) of the South Tower.
1st Oct '15 1:26:42 PM DDRMASTERM
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* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/mar/26/nuclear.russia Firefighters who responded to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster]], many of whom realized they were exposing themselves to lethal levels of radiation and condemning themselves to painful deaths by rushing in to extinguish the burning reactor but did so anyway.
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* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/mar/26/nuclear.russia Firefighters who responded to the 1986 1986]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Chernobyl}} Chernobyl nuclear disaster]], many of whom realized they were exposing themselves to lethal levels of radiation and condemning themselves to painful deaths by rushing in to extinguish the burning reactor but did so anyway.
26th Sep '15 5:53:13 AM Crackshot
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* Haim Smadar, a 55 year old security guard at a Jerusalem supermarket, was killed stopping a suicide bomber from entering the store. Unfortunately, a 17-year old teenager also died, but his actions undoubtedly prevented a larger loss of life.
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