1Good Samaritans help rescue seven kids from a Central Park pond
By the time FDNY arrived at the park, the kids, ranging in age from about ten into the teens, had been pulled out of the water by good Samaritans, Bennett Jonas and Ethan Turmbull.
The duo was skating nearby when they saw the kids dancing on top of the ice, then suddenly plunging into the water. Jonas dove in as Turmbull stood by to grab them. One boy was so far out in the water, Jonas wasn't sure he would be able to get to him (but he did).
EMS showed up and rendered first aid, though some of the kids were taken to local hospitals with minor, hypothermia-related injuries. (Source | Photo)
2The man who defied weather warnings and had to be rescued from a Northern California jetty
3The woman who helped rescue a cop from a vicious attack
Williams-Tillman was driving to the store one Sunday morning when she spotted Officer Billy Aime wrestling with the suspect. The suspect had grabbed Aime's baton and repeatedly bashed him on the head with it. Williams-Tillman took immediate action—she jumped on the man's back as police backup arrived and the suspect was apprehended after being shot with a stun gun. He now faces charges including aggravated battery, disarming a police officer, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and drug possession.
The BRPD hailed Williams-Tillman on its Facebook page, posting a message of thanks that went viral with over 7,000 likes and 2,100 shares. (Source)
4The snowboarder who was saved by fellow thrill-seekers after being buried in the snow
Jacobson, who's been a snowboarder for 12 years, was on the slopes at Squaw Valley in California when he fell from a 30ft cliff. He landed on his head, with his whole body under several feet of snow. His worried friend, Stephen Boyd, could only see his snowboard which was still attached to his feet. Boyd, armed with a GoPro, captured the moment he rushed towards Jacobson and dug him out.
5Rescuers save a woman fused to her chair
Foster, 75, was found stuck to a chair in her front living room, surrounded by fecal matter and urine—her skin had merged with the furniture. She was so tightly molded into the chair that her bones started breaking, causing her immense pain as she was carried out of her home and transported to a local hospital.
A volunteer with Our Lady of Lourdes called 911 because Foster was not acting like herself. He also told police that she had not moved from her living room chair since July of last year and said he had gotten used to the home's foul odor. (Source)
6The driver who sacrificed his own car to save a man's life
Kick's car suffered around $14,000 in damages, but as a reward for his heroism, Tesla CEO Elon Musk volunteered to have his car repaired free of charge.
7The volunteers who rescued over a 100 dogs after a truck overturned with them inside
8The woman who found herself at the bottom of a sinkhole
Bobby Thompson was driving around at 8 pm when the back tire of his van became stuck in a sinkhole on Woodbridge Street off of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Moments later, Stephanie Scott approached the sinkhole in her car and fell in. Authorities worked to rescue her minutes later as Thompson's van dangled above.
"My car kept turning and turning upside down, and I just was like 'I got to stay calm.' I felt the water coming up, and I reached for the door, and I opened the door, and I climbed out."
Thompson's van fell completely into the sinkhole crashing into her car about ten minutes after the rescue. (Source)
9The athlete who saved a man hanging from a chair lift
The Colorado resort says the man was trying to unload from the three-person lift when his backpack became entangled in the chair. He was then left dangling from the chair, and was swept around the bullwheel at the top of the lift and back down the mountain, at which point the operator shut down the ride.
Mickey Wilson, a part-time A-Basin ski instructor and pro slackliner, climbed the chairlift and he reached the unconscious man in about four or five minutes. Ski patrollers then “perfectly tossed" him a knife.
Wilson cut down the motionless man, who fell about 10-15 feet and it was all captured video. He said his slacklining experience made the rescue possible. “The only way I was able to get to him so fast was to climb the tower and shimmy down the line to him so fast.”
10A reporter who rescued a tiny bunny from traffic and the elements
The rabbit is doing well, and will be released back into the wild as soon as the rains let up. (Source)