He Gave His Life That Others Might Live

The Philippines are familiar with monstrous tropical cyclones called typhoons that sweep over the island nation several times a year. However, in 2009 an altogether different and more terrifying beast roared ashore. Typhoon Ketsana, one of the most devastating storms in the country’s history, dumped record amounts of rain. The …

The First Thanksgiving Paladins

The people we know as Pilgrims have become so immersed in legend that we are tempted to forget that they were real people. What strength of faith and courage must it have taken to openly oppose the Church of England (Anglican Church), the King of England (James I, the head of …

A Reluctant Hero

Save for the Victoria Cross and the Star of Valour, the Medal of Military Valour is the highest honour a Canadian soldier can receive. A reluctant hero, Cpl. Tony Harris just joined an exclusive club with only about 75 members, total, since it was created. A private at the time, …

Woman Makes Ultimate Sacrifice to Save Stranger

Rachel Davis was attempting to calm down two groups of young people involved in an alcohol-fuelled fight when she was shot at close range outside a bar in the Gastown district of Vancouver. Saff Imran Sharif, 25, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Ms. …

Man Fights Polar Bear with Nothing but His Pocket Knife

Dr. Éric Fortier, M.B., an orthodontist, of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, is a recipient of the Medal of Bravery, a Canadian honour for acts of heroism, for fighting off an attack by a polar bear that mauled two other people. The citation reads: On July 27, 2001, Éric Fortier confronted a polar bear that was attacking …

Fearless Nurse Faces Certain Death as She Takes on Mob

A retired Detroit, Michigan nurse, Deborah Hughes, found herself doing what many would consider out of the question. At fifty-nine years of age, standing just four foot eleven inches and weighing one hundred and twenty-six pounds she could hardly be thought of as intimidating. Fearlessly she stood between certain death …