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2012-05-01 04:12:05 PM
Was hoisted onto an SUV that was on its side after being in a rolllover accident to get the kid who was still inside in his car seat. All this after someone mentioned that the SUV was leaking gas and it might explode. Four of us stayed until we got mom and the kid out and got clear of the SUV. It never exploded. Didn't get her name, but neither one of them was hurt.Kinda hard to understand why people would scatter knowing there's a helpless kid inside.
 
2012-05-01 04:12:49 PM

Gergesa: When I was 7 or 8 something like that, I was with my sister and we heard this strange sound coming from the kitchen. We went to investigate and I saw a finger punching through the screen in order to open the window. Without thinking I shouted "Hey you dummy (might have been dumb-dumb) get out of here!!!"

The would be robber ran off but my sister was amazed that I wasn't intimidated by someone breaking into our house. Our parents weren't home so it was just us. She is 4 years older than I am so really she should have been the proactive one but oh well.


I had something similar happen to me, but it was a bear. And it didn't run away until my dad punched it.

Not actually a brave moment for either of us, though. I didn't do a thing, and my dad thought it was a dog or raccoon trying to get in.
 
2012-05-01 04:13:51 PM

eggrolls: Lots, but the ballsiest, least concern for my own safety are:
Words words words
/My wife refers to my condition as 'heroic idiocy'


My hero! *swoons*
 
2012-05-01 04:16:15 PM

namatad: cyber_slacker: My first job ever was teaching riflery at a camp for intellectually handicapped adults when I was 16.

You don't know how fast you can run until you hear a shot go off while standing near a group of intellectually hadicapped adults.

so you were teaching republicans?


There's always some asshole who does this.
 
2012-05-01 04:17:42 PM
Idk if this was considered "brave", but when I was 10 yrs old I was kidnapped while riding my bike in the woods with my friend near a little league baseball game. My friend rode out of the woods for a minute to check the score and he took me. Down into a ditch in a remote area. Sexual assault was what he was thinking but I did not make it easy. I fought, I got beat. He got what he could but it wasn't much. I was tied up with duct tape and pretty much naked..blindfolded with the tape real tight sticking my eyelids close.. Told me not to move while he left for a couple minutes..with a knife to my throat. I did not move and he came right back..he did the same thing again but this time I somehow freed myself, found my clothes and my bike, got dressed..and somehow got my bike out of the ditch and tried riding home. I was spotted by my aunt and scooped up.

I agreed to testify against him so he'd stop doing this to kids. They waited to the last minute to accept a plea deal because they didn't think a 10 yr old would show up and re- live everything, and tell everything. I did..they say it was brave so I'll take it.

/csb
 
2012-05-01 04:18:04 PM

GORDON: namatad: cyber_slacker: My first job ever was teaching riflery at a camp for intellectually handicapped adults when I was 16.

You don't know how fast you can run until you hear a shot go off while standing near a group of intellectually hadicapped adults.

so you were teaching republicans?

There's always some asshole who does this.


Teach republicans? I know it is hard, but if you hit them hard enough in the head they eventually learn.
 
2012-05-01 04:20:37 PM
1992 - I served as wing-man for my buddy who hadn't been laid in (((gasp))) three weeks, when it was clear that unless the swamp-donkey girlfriend of the girl he was taking home, didn't get any action, her friend sure as hell wasn't.

ts3.mm.bing.net

I still have bad dreams about it.
 
2012-05-01 04:21:30 PM
Not a coward but I've never been tested,
I'd like to think that if I was I would pass.

/talked a really good friend out of selling drugs in a terrible area (took a lot of effort and it was a loooong night), and thats about it. But then again I'm young.
 
2012-05-01 04:21:42 PM

publikenemy: Idk if this was considered "brave", but when I was 10 yrs old I was kidnapped while riding my bike in the woods with my friend near a little league baseball game. My friend rode out of the woods for a minute to check the score and he took me. Down into a ditch in a remote area. Sexual assault was what he was thinking but I did not make it easy. I fought, I got beat. He got what he could but it wasn't much. I was tied up with duct tape and pretty much naked..blindfolded with the tape real tight sticking my eyelids close.. Told me not to move while he left for a couple minutes..with a knife to my throat. I did not move and he came right back..he did the same thing again but this time I somehow freed myself, found my clothes and my bike, got dressed..and somehow got my bike out of the ditch and tried riding home. I was spotted by my aunt and scooped up.

I agreed to testify against him so he'd stop doing this to kids. They waited to the last minute to accept a plea deal because they didn't think a 10 yr old would show up and re- live everything, and tell everything. I did..they say it was brave so I'll take it.

/csb


Yikes. Something simliar happened to me. The worst part is having to go to the parole hearing every four years. You're not alone. Er, I mean that in a good way...
 
2012-05-01 04:22:00 PM
I walked into a bar and headed right up to the hottest girl and said, "Hay Babe, are you parents retarded, because you sure look special to me."
 
2012-05-01 04:22:00 PM

publikenemy: I agreed to testify against him so he'd stop doing this to kids. They waited to the last minute to accept a plea deal because they didn't think a 10 yr old would show up and re- live everything, and tell everything. I did..they say it was brave so I'll take it.


yes
yes it was brave
very brave!
 
2012-05-01 04:22:13 PM
Pulled a pilot out of a burning jet. The co-pilot and my partner were not as lucky as me and the pilot.

either that or getting married...it's a toss up.
 
2012-05-01 04:23:10 PM
Chased down a car-jacker that was dragging a 6-year old boy outside the car. Kid was caught in the seat belt when Mom tried to pull him from the car. Didn't save the kid, but caught the creep. He got 2 life sentences plus 12 years.

Link
 
2012-05-01 04:24:51 PM
sigh, I apparently haven't done squat compared to you all
 
2012-05-01 04:25:47 PM

Acharne: I once started a conversation with a Hell's Angels member...
...while both of us were standing at urinals. He didn't speak English so I had to speak to him in French.


Needless to say he was really, really surprised anyone would do that. I welcomed him to my hometown and hoped him a healthy visit.


Reminds me of story. Me & Len were at a race peeing at a trough with aseveral other biker types, he leans over and says "Nice Dick".

We laughed like hell.
 
2012-05-01 04:26:31 PM
I'm scared of pretty much everything. So I guess the bravest thing I've ever done was about five years ago, when I started to deliberately face those fears.

I'm scared of public speaking, so now I give presentations at conferences.

I'm scared of the ocean, so I learned to sail the seven seas.

I'm scared of sharks, so I got my SCUBA certification and go diving with them.

I'm scared of heights, so I climbed a 4,000 foot volcano.

I'm scared of change, so I quit my job and started my own business.

Hopefully one day I'll run out of things to be scared of. Next up is darkness. Yeah, I'm scared of the dark, or more specifically, the endless possibility of what could be in it.
 
2012-05-01 04:26:35 PM
I can't say if I've done anything brave.I've only did what had to be done.
/nothing brave, per say.
 
2012-05-01 04:27:54 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-01 04:28:38 PM
took two 9mm rounds for a stranger whom never thanked me
 
2012-05-01 04:28:49 PM

Spongebob Plaid Pants: Chased down a car-jacker that was dragging a 6-year old boy outside the car. Kid was caught in the seat belt when Mom tried to pull him from the car. Didn't save the kid, but caught the creep. He got 2 life sentences plus 12 years.

Link


Holy shiat
 
2012-05-01 04:30:15 PM
- pulled a friend out of the river when he fell through the ice
- went to rehab
- helped a cop wrestle a drunk driver out of his car and restrain him until backup arrived

None of it felt brave at the time. Each time, action just seemed... necessary.
 
2012-05-01 04:33:05 PM
Admitted I needed help.
 
2012-05-01 04:34:57 PM

Spongebob Plaid Pants: Chased down a car-jacker that was dragging a 6-year old boy outside the car. Kid was caught in the seat belt when Mom tried to pull him from the car. Didn't save the kid, but caught the creep. He got 2 life sentences plus 12 years.

Link


Jesus. That's horrible. Great that you tried to stop it, but horrible nonetheless.
 
2012-05-01 04:38:08 PM
When I was about eight I was at a McDonald's with my mom and younger sister having lunch. A guy reached over our booth, grabbed my mom's purse, and ran out the door to his idling truck. To this day I have no goddamn idea what was going on in my head, but I jumped up, ran through the door, and jumped on the back of this guy's truck just as it kicked into gear. I think the combination of not having a weapon, never having been in a fight with a grown man, and being farking eight made me realize that I was in over my head. That and my mom screaming like a banshee to jump off the truck put the fear of God in me (in retrospect, ignoring a command from my mother would have been only slightly braver).

Honestly, the true hero that day was my younger sister. The police managed to locate the truck within a few hours based on the license plate and brought us in to identify the guy. Since my mom's back was to the dipshiat it was up to me and my sister to identify him. Well, I failed miserably at picking a headshot (I only knew what he was wearing) but my sister flipped through the stack, pointed at the picture and said as resolutely as a seven-year old could: "That's him." We all had our doubts, but when they put that SOB behind a two-way mirror and showed us what he had been wearing, we knew she was right.

/Still makes me smile thinking how my seven-year old sister was responsible for guaranteeing a crack addict's conviction.
 
2012-05-01 04:38:36 PM
The 6-year old kid in my story would have graduated this spring. His classmates rebuilt the memorial butterfly garden they had installed back in 2000 at the grade school where he went, and want to include his memory in their graduation.

/dusty in here
 
2012-05-01 04:39:46 PM
Ran around during the 2009 protests in Iran filming/writing about everything. Let's just say, as an American, if I had been caught ... not good times.
 
2012-05-01 04:40:44 PM
holding my son down while a plastic surgeon stitched his nose. the whole time he was begging me to make the doc stop hurting him and that he promised to be good if I did. easily the hardest thing I've ever done or faced and I have been shot once, stabbed twice, and beaten within an inch of my life.
 
2012-05-01 04:41:02 PM
Got into a relationship with a Derby Girl...

/yeah, that didn't end well
 
2012-05-01 04:42:57 PM
i was hiking way out in an uninhabited part of nevada and came across an old couple who were stranded in their broken car. they hadn't had food or water in 3 or 4 days. i gave them half of my water and told them i would find help. as i was leaving i realized that i would never make it back in time with help, so i went back and shot them.
 
2012-05-01 04:44:01 PM

Spongebob Plaid Pants: Chased down a car-jacker that was dragging a 6-year old boy outside the car. Kid was caught in the seat belt when Mom tried to pull him from the car. Didn't save the kid, but caught the creep. He got 2 life sentences plus 12 years.

Link



Thanks for stickin your neck out.. I know it didn't work out in a happy ending for everyone.
I am kind of famous at work for coming up with cruel and unusual punishments for people like this. Generally the punishment resembles the crime and results in a similar and just as painful ending. I refrain from any foul language in my "sentence" when I email it around. This man will truly have a great time in PITA prison. I wonder what his fan mail reads like.
 
2012-05-01 04:49:36 PM
I've saved a few lives by being in the right place at the right time, but the one that sticks in my mind was the first time I'd ever been swimming in, or to for that matter, the ocean, and I saw a kid getting pulled out and under by a riptide which I had just been warned about. It was near dusk and I was the only one close so I grabbed him, kept him up and calm, and floated with him until the lifeguards found us. I was amazed and terrified at how far out we got pulled. I still have nightmares where instead of catching him like I did, I miss the kids arm as he goes down and see his face as he sinks.
 
2012-05-01 04:49:41 PM

Spongebob Plaid Pants: Chased down a car-jacker that was dragging a 6-year old boy outside the car. Kid was caught in the seat belt when Mom tried to pull him from the car. Didn't save the kid, but caught the creep. He got 2 life sentences plus 12 years.

Link


I... wow. I've seen some terrible things that I wish I hadn't, but seeing the body of a child dragged to his death would be hard to stomach. This goes for having the self-restraint to not beat the thief to death with a tire iron. You're a better man than me for enduring both.
 
2012-05-01 04:50:05 PM

SonOfSpam: Never had to be brave, never faced adversity. Life's been good to me so far.

/54 years old


But does your Maserati do 185?

/jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, got married. I see the correlation.
 
2012-05-01 04:51:56 PM

colon_pow: i was hiking way out in an uninhabited part of nevada and came across an old couple who were stranded in their broken car. they hadn't had food or water in 3 or 4 days. i gave them half of my water and told them i would find help. as i was leaving i realized that i would never make it back in time with help, so i went back and shot them.


Sniff, that's beautiful man.
 
2012-05-01 04:57:38 PM
I dunno, there's a couple of types of bravery.

There's bravery because you don't have much other choice (self preservation), and there's bravery when you have the choice and make the brave decision.

I have come close to death probably 5 times in my life, (shot at in a failed armed robbery, horrible car accident, fire, plane's engine shut down, etc). I don't know if self-preservation is true bravery... I find I'm at my "most clear" in scary situations.

The only times I can remember truly being brave is when I was in HS, I didn't have a problem standing up to bullies to protect the little guys. I also don't have a problem getting involved when I see crimes happening in my community, whether it is calling 911 or whatever it is I need to do. I'm MORE scared of a Kitty Genovese situation arrising.


/I'm pretty boring now that I think of it.
 
2012-05-01 05:01:13 PM
I stopped a bank robbery in 1988. The man was at the next teller window and he attempted to hold up the teller with a pellet gun. I had the exact same pellet gun, I knew it was a pellet gun, so I just blurted out "That's a pellet gun, dude."

He turned and shot me right in the farking shoulder with a pellet, then demanded money from the teller. The pellet didn't break the skin, but it stung like hell. I was young and really pissed off, so while he was still demanding money I farking tackled him and kneed him in the face while he was on the ground. I think I was 19, he was probably the same age. Anyway, he passed out right after I kneed him and the cops got there fast.

Every single cop that showed up called me an idiot, except for the detective, who called me an asshole. I had to go to court to testify against the would-be robber months later and the teller was there. It was the first time I had seen her since the robbery attempt.

She called me an idiot.


Since I'm not sure if that was bravery or stupidity, I'll also offer skydiving and moving to China when I was 23 as two things that required a traditional sense of bravery.
 
2012-05-01 05:01:56 PM
I have remained a US citizen for the last decade.
 
2012-05-01 05:02:09 PM
Went to college.

/40-something, white, republican at a HBCU
//works for the State Police
///certainly not the 'Traditional Student' category
 
2012-05-01 05:06:16 PM

Crewmannumber6: Edward Rooney Dean of Students: Maybe not exactly brave, but went over 100mph driving my 3yr old daughter to the ER a couple of weeks ago.

/She'd had a seizure out of the blue
//Never been that scared in my life

Been there. Our son started siezing when he was 6 months. He was on Tegretol for 2 years and hasn't had an incident since. He leaves for college in August.


Glad he's apparently overcome it. Our daughter has never had anything like that before, and we still don't know what it actually was. "Spell of Unknown Etiology" is what they called it. Is it weird I'm "hoping" it was a febrile seizure?
 
2012-05-01 05:06:40 PM
Bouncer at a Hells Angels bar for a few years. Stopped a lot of bad things from happening to a lot of good people. Part of the job so I guess not brave necessarily...
 
2012-05-01 05:08:18 PM
Told my kid "no."
 
2012-05-01 05:13:03 PM

Lsherm: I stopped a bank robbery in 1988. The man was at the next teller window and he attempted to hold up the teller with a pellet gun. I had the exact same pellet gun, I knew it was a pellet gun, so I just blurted out "That's a pellet gun, dude."

He turned and shot me right in the farking shoulder with a pellet, then demanded money from the teller. The pellet didn't break the skin, but it stung like hell. I was young and really pissed off, so while he was still demanding money I farking tackled him and kneed him in the face while he was on the ground. I think I was 19, he was probably the same age. Anyway, he passed out right after I kneed him and the cops got there fast.

Every single cop that showed up called me an idiot, except for the detective, who called me an asshole. I had to go to court to testify against the would-be robber months later and the teller was there. It was the first time I had seen her since the robbery attempt.

She called me an idiot.


Since I'm not sure if that was bravery or stupidity, I'll also offer skydiving and moving to China when I was 23 as two things that required a traditional sense of bravery.


Not stupid. You knew it was a pellet gun. Relatively brave, because there was a chance you could have still got your arse kicked.

Must not have been in the south because every single cop I know would have at least shook your hand and said good job - if not offered to buy you a beer.
 
2012-05-01 05:14:03 PM
Took my cat to the vet when he was hit by a car and then agreed to have him put down.

Some days it's just going to work. An hours drive can be too much thinking time.
 
2012-05-01 05:15:02 PM

JustGetItRight: Must not have been in the south because every single cop I know would have at least shook your hand and said good job - if not offered to buy you a beer.


It was just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. The kind of place that attracts people so stupid they try to rob banks with pellet guns.
 
2012-05-01 05:16:01 PM

Edward Rooney Dean of Students: Crewmannumber6: Edward Rooney Dean of Students: Maybe not exactly brave, but went over 100mph driving my 3yr old daughter to the ER a couple of weeks ago.

/She'd had a seizure out of the blue
//Never been that scared in my life

Been there. Our son started siezing when he was 6 months. He was on Tegretol for 2 years and hasn't had an incident since. He leaves for college in August.

Glad he's apparently overcome it. Our daughter has never had anything like that before, and we still don't know what it actually was. "Spell of Unknown Etiology" is what they called it. Is it weird I'm "hoping" it was a febrile seizure?


What's weird about hoping the cause is the most benign thing possible, thereby greatly reducing the chance that the event will ever happen again?
 
2012-05-01 05:17:40 PM

JustGetItRight: What's weird about hoping the cause is the most benign thing possible, thereby greatly reducing the chance that the event will ever happen again?


That's how I look at it, dunno. Just feels...odd.
 
2012-05-01 05:20:39 PM

Lsherm: I stopped a bank robbery in 1988. The man was at the next teller window and he attempted to hold up the teller with a pellet gun. I had the exact same pellet gun, I knew it was a pellet gun, so I just blurted out "That's a pellet gun, dude."

He turned and shot me right in the farking shoulder with a pellet, then demanded money from the teller. The pellet didn't break the skin, but it stung like hell. I was young and really pissed off, so while he was still demanding money I farking tackled him and kneed him in the face while he was on the ground. I think I was 19, he was probably the same age. Anyway, he passed out right after I kneed him and the cops got there fast.

Every single cop that showed up called me an idiot, except for the detective, who called me an asshole. I had to go to court to testify against the would-be robber months later and the teller was there. It was the first time I had seen her since the robbery attempt.

She called me an idiot.


Since I'm not sure if that was bravery or stupidity, I'll also offer skydiving and moving to China when I was 23 as two things that required a traditional sense of bravery.


doesn't sound idiotic. You probably kept that kid from getting shot by the cops. Also it's not like you keep a real gun as a backup if your whole pellet gun thing doesn't work out.
 
2012-05-01 05:20:51 PM
I walked into a bar and spotted a fatty in the corner looking lonely and depressed. I went to the bar and downed a whole beer strait then walked over to her table and offered to buy her a drink. After a night of beers, drinks, and appetizers she was having a great time and I did a good deed for my soul. After leaving her apartment in the morning I told her it was the best night of my life and I would give her a call.

/never did call her again, or go to that bar.
 
2012-05-01 05:26:44 PM
Ran into the middle of Harlem in broad daylight and yelled ni-BONG!
 
2012-05-01 05:27:40 PM

Ashrams: I walked into a bar and spotted a fatty in the corner looking lonely and depressed. I went to the bar and downed a whole beer strait then walked over to her table and offered to buy her a drink. After a night of beers, drinks, and appetizers she was having a great time and I did a good deed for my soul. After leaving her apartment in the morning I told her it was the best night of my life and I would give her a call.

/never did call her again, or go to that bar.


Not trying to thread jack, but in college me and a friend of mine had a contest going to see who could fark the fastest woman. We even had a trophy called the "Hogoleto Award". It was a trophy with pig on it. Long story short, our other friend came banging on the door one morning early and wanted to know where the trophy was because apparently my friend hooked a big one and won it for life. Good times.
 
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