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2019-02-17 02:03:26 AM  
I was at a friend's wedding reception and a bunch of us were outside in the parking lot doing the kind of things that you have to do outside in the parking lot when I decided to wander back to the party.  Just as I walked through the door of the hall I saw a little girl pulling on one of those kind of heavy square tables that always seem to wobble and aren't really quite big enough to comfortably seat 4 people and still have room to eat.  Anyway this particular table didn't have anything on it but the little girl was reaching up and pulling on the edge.  The table had just passed the point of no return where it was going to fall over on to the girl with great force.  I covered the ground between where I walked in in a split second and with my right hand slapped the table back down.  The groom's mother saw the whole thing (who I knew pretty well and was kind of hot in a milf sort of way) and she was all "Oh my God!  I can't believe how fast you reacted.  I thought that girl was a going to get crushed. That was amazing!"  She didn't sleep with me or anything but I still felt good about saving that little girl.
 
2019-02-17 02:12:40 AM  
Nothing that great, a friend had split with her long term partner, but was marooned on an island and broke, so she couldn't hire a van. So I hired the van for her and drove a thousand miles over two days to move her, her furniture and 2 cats back to her home county.

As a bonus I managed to not get punched by her ex who was convinced I was the reason they had split because I was willing to do this. I wasn't
 
2019-02-17 02:33:18 AM  
Yes I have saved lives, I'm an RN , we do that for a living. I do it occasionally when not at work. Years ago my date and I were going out to dinner. Just in front of us there was a 3 car crash with people ejected. One person was killed immediately. Others were actively trying to die. We were the first car after the crash. I assessed everyone and helped before the FD got there. It was a mass casualty so I helped even after the FD got there. I am the bald head just to the left of the IV line.

That date didn't work out she thought it was creepy that we had to go home so I could wash up and change. She was weird anyway.

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2019-02-17 02:38:08 AM  

feckingmorons: That date didn't work out she thought it was creepy that we had to go home so I could wash up and change. She was weird anyway.


I had a boss that got mad at me because I thought it was appropriate to be late for an appointment to go home and change out of bloody clothing after helping a guy after he was hit by a car.  I made a mental note not to help the boss if I ever saw him get hit by a car.
 
2019-02-17 02:43:51 AM  
Was out exploring a dirt road near Laughlin NV and came across an odd sight: a late model Ford pickup with a hose attached from the exhaust and running into the cab of the truck, engine running. Taped up tightly on both ends.

I walked up cautiously and saw there was a guy laying on the bench seat, unresponsive.

The door was unlocked. I opened it and was almost knocked out myself by a blast of CO. I reached in and shut off the engine and checked on the guy. Weak pulse but still breathing. Wouldn't wake up.

I opened the passenger door to air out the cab and drove down the dirt road toward highway 93 to get help. No cell phone back then.

Someone had already called it in, because before I got to the highway an ambulance got on the dirt road and raced to the scene. They got him revived within about 5mins, I heard him puke so I knew he'd be okay.

I like to think it's possible I helped save his life. I don't know why the person who called it in didn't render aid, but with all that carbon monoxide he might've been dead a minute later if I hadn't done something. Nasty stuff. It binds to your hemoglobin and you can't get O2 for awhile even after breathing fresh air.
 
2019-02-17 02:46:24 AM  
I was standing in line at register at the PX.

I stepped back because an employee with a stack of CDs was coming through.

She trips on a stack that she'd set down on the corner.

I reach out and stop her fall by a full on boob grab.
 
2019-02-17 02:50:16 AM  
Well, not save a life, but...

Just before Thanksgiving, 1970, my college girl friend , her dorm roommate, her boy friend and I are all on our way to Sarasota, home to all three of them and former home for me.

Halfway there, we are passed, at high speed, by another car. A few miles down the road, we see that the car that passed us is wrecked, having lost control on a curve. Several of the people in the car are out on the side of the road, injured, so we stop and my old Boy Scout first aid training kicks in. Two of them have obvious broken bones an are alternately trying to move and going into shock. I and my girlfriend have to restrain them to prevent more injuries and try to clams them. At the same time, the other two in our party are flagging down other cars and asking them to call for ambulances, etc. at the next town.

Soon thereafter, one of the injured has the presence of mind t tell me he has a bag of weed in the car and the cops must not find it. After getting him to promise not to move, as he has a nasty green stick fracture of one leg, I search the car and find the bag of weed and tos it into the woods along the road.

An hour later cops and ambulance show up and thank us.

We were not really heroes, just doing what was right.
 
2019-02-17 02:52:14 AM  

Aulus: Well, not save a life, but...

Just before Thanksgiving, 1970, my college girl friend , her dorm roommate, her boy friend and I are all on our way to Sarasota, home to all three of them and former home for me.

Halfway there, we are passed, at high speed, by another car. A few miles down the road, we see that the car that passed us is wrecked, having lost control on a curve. Several of the people in the car are out on the side of the road, injured, so we stop and my old Boy Scout first aid training kicks in. Two of them have obvious broken bones an are alternately trying to move and going into shock. I and my girlfriend have to restrain them to prevent more injuries and try to clams them. At the same time, the other two in our party are flagging down other cars and asking them to call for ambulances, etc. at the next town.

Soon thereafter, one of the injured has the presence of mind t tell me he has a bag of weed in the car and the cops must not find it. After getting him to promise not to move, as he has a nasty green stick fracture of one leg, I search the car and find the bag of weed and tos it into the woods along the road.

An hour later cops and ambulance show up and thank us.

We were not really heroes, just doing what was right.


You saved a lot
 
2019-02-17 03:19:51 AM  
About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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2019-02-17 03:22:36 AM  

BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?
 
2019-02-17 03:25:18 AM  

libranoelrose: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?


She is a living teddy bear.

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2019-02-17 03:26:22 AM  

BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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My first thought was that someone permed a rabbit.
 
2019-02-17 03:28:09 AM  

BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?

She is a living teddy bear.

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I would dread that front if I kicked in your door
 
2019-02-17 03:28:36 AM  

davidphogan: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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My first thought was that someone permed a rabbit.


Buckshot
 
2019-02-17 03:30:08 AM  

libranoelrose: BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?

She is a living teddy bear.

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I would dread that front if I kicked in your door


Why would you kick in my door? That seems so very mean.
 
2019-02-17 03:30:54 AM  

BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?

She is a living teddy bear.

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I would dread that front if I kicked in your door

Why would you kick in my door? That seems so very mean.


Bongos
 
2019-02-17 03:36:14 AM  

BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

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How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?

She is a living teddy bear.

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Those fluffy faces bring nothing to the table
 
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2019-02-17 03:54:06 AM  
I saved my best friend's life once, but it's kind of a sordid, unpleasant story.  I got a text that said I needed to get there, and no one was there when I did.  I breathed for her for a long while and then she came to life, confused and punching.  I gripped her to keep her from hurting herself, or me, and about that time her boyfriend arrived - I'd called him and told him.  We each had to hold her.

I went across the street at about that point to a nurse's house whom I'd also called.  She tried to use the moment as a way to f*ck me.  I left.

I was mad and disgusted by all of it.  It's been a long time now, and my best friend is still my best friend, though we're all clean and have been.  We talk like it never happened, but she'll drop allusions to her gratitude occasionally, and the fact that she was going to die.

I'm sorry that so many of my CSB's are centered around ill sh*t, that's not the life I live.
 
2019-02-17 03:55:25 AM  

BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: libranoelrose: BadReligion: About 3 months ago, we gave all three of our dogs some treats after we got home from going to a Christmas light display. The small one, my little Moxie, starts choking, and thankfully our daughtered noticed. I try for a while to dislodge it with no effect. Moxie cannot control her bowels, and proceeds to both poop and pee on me. She eventuality passed out while I was giving her the doggie heimlich. I got the piece of food just far enough up where I could hook it and get it out. After about 20 seconds she woke up, a bit dazed. About an hour or so later, she was back to her normal self, and the dogs only get training treats now

[img.fark.net image 850x637]

How do I know that it's just a wool bag of woof?

She is a living teddy bear.

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I would dread that front if I kicked in your door

Why would you kick in my door? That seems so very mean.



Extreme circumstances
 
2019-02-17 04:14:49 AM  
I should have posted this first, but I wasn't the lifesaver.

A few years ago I took the same bus home most days.  A lot of days I ended up on the same bus a really nice guy who works at the local Goodwill.  He's a giant man who uses a wheelchair, and one of the kindest souls I've met.  I barely use the bus anymore, but to this day if I get on it and he's there, he greets me with, "Howdy friend!"

Anyway, one day a few years ago we were on the same bus.  It was a boring Portland fall evening, with the sun setting early, and it was a bus driver we saw all the time.  Nice guy in his 20's who decided he was sick of cooking and wanted to try driving a bus.

We're going down the street at probably 25 miles an hour when the driver screams, "SQUIRREL!"

He slammed on the brakes, and sent a few people, myself included, to the floor.  As I was getting up I realized my friend in the wheelchair was on the floor, and ran over at the same time as the driver to help him up.

The driver asked if he was okay.  Laying on the floor of a public transit vehicle he answered, "I'm fine, how's the squirrel?"

The squirrel was okay.  That's what really mattered.
 
2019-02-17 04:32:18 AM  
I also was called a hero for beating up a calf once.

I was probably about 11, and I was at a petting zoo.  The strangest part was I was wearing a Simpsons t-shirt (it was 1991 or so) that was Bart saying "Don't have a cow."

So I'm standing there being nice to bunch of barnyard animals when this farking calf walks up and starts literally trying to eat my shorts.

Apparently that calf was a punkass because a few people watched as I tried to fight off that baby cow, and after landing a few punches on the mammal all I had done was make my hands hurt.  A few punches later and I suddenly had the staff trying to "help me" by explaining I was banned from the petting zoo as they separated the calf and my shorts.

As I was getting escorted out someone yelled, "That cow is a menace!  You're a hero!"  So I guess maybe I am.
 
2019-02-17 04:35:46 AM  
Looking at it one way, I've saved about 5 people from drowning.
Looking at it another way, I'm a jinx to people who are in the water near me.
 
2019-02-17 04:45:05 AM  

wademh: Looking at it one way, I've saved about 5 people from drowning.
Looking at it another way, I'm a jinx to people who are in the water near me.


In six months I witnessed four times a car crashed into someone or thing, with three of them while I was on the way to work.  Fortunately my boss at the time was also a former EMT, so she was nice about me being late.  She did point out that while it's nice I keep helping she was terrified of being near cars near me after the second time.
 
2019-02-17 05:45:31 AM  
TLDR: not a hero but quick reflexes

Decades ago I was at a concert with a few friends.  Before the show, standing around talking, beach balls being batted around in the background. Suddenly a ball comes our way and bounces off the back of Jill's head. Most of us laugh, hit the ball back and life goes on...kind of.  Sue is staring at me slack jawwed in awe.  She finally says that that was the most amazing thing that she'd ever seen.  Total confusion by the rest of us along with some speculation as to what mind altering substance she must have ingested.

Finally get her to explain herself.  Apparently she happened to be watching me right as the ball was coming in.  In the quarter second or so before it bonked Jill, I apparently saw it, realized that it was going to hit her, started to say "look out" or some such, further realize that it wasn't dangerous but that if I did say anything that she'd naturally turn and get bonked in the face instead and shut up/didn't say anything, thus letting her get hit in the back of the head. Sue was just in shock as she saw all of that being mentally processed in the split second before the ball arrived. That someone could see a threat, start to react to it, analyize that it wasn't dangerous after all and that pointing it out might be worse, and then calmly wait for the ball to bonked her.  She said that it was the most amazing thing watching my eyes as all that information was processed and the correct decision arrived at in the split second that it is was going on.

So for a time I was a (very minor) hero to her because I let another friend get hit in the head...
 
2019-02-17 06:17:20 AM  
I tried to save someone after a car accident, but she died in my arms during the attempt.  It was spooky AF, and still gives me the willies 35 years later.
 
2019-02-17 06:44:56 AM  
Saved my mom by doing the Heimlich on her one morning when I was a teenager.
 
2019-02-17 07:30:44 AM  
I'm 66% successful at cpr, I drive a lot in the middle of nowhere and see quite a few accidents.

FYI, if you see a white pickup for an oil company, they're probably drunk
 
2019-02-17 08:02:43 AM  
I was going to REI one day (week day, middle of the day). I snagged a parking place near the front door and decided to back in. I see another guy walking toward the door. I back in to the parking place, turn around in my seat and the other guy is lying on the ground in front of the door. I push open the door, catch the eye of an REI employee - "call 911 and get some help out here, there's a guy who just collapsed out here." I have help in about 30 seconds, including a guy in a suit who obviously knows first aid and CPR. The fallen guy is breathing, skinned up his knees and tore his pants falling. The store manager comes out with a sleeping bag to put under the guy's head and upper back.
The guy that fell is wearing a flip phone in a belt case. The store manager gets it and finds an "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) number and calls it, winds up getting a voicemail.
Turns out both the guy who fainted and the guy in the suit were there for job interviews.
 
2019-02-17 08:29:46 AM  
When I was a teenager, I noticed flames going up in a nearby neighbor's yard. My folks called the fire department, of course.

Then it turned out that they just didn't know how to properly start a grill.
 
2019-02-17 08:43:03 AM  
This actually happened just three months ago. So we were on our way to a gig in western Pennsylvania, and at this point we had been on the road about 8 hours, breaks included, after getting a late start. We had just broken free of traffic around Harrisburg when we got on the PA Turnpike heading west, in the dark, and I notice this truck ahead of us. It's a semi with just a rather large generator on a relatively small trailer behind it. Now that was odd enough, but then I noticed that two of the bungees holding the temporary brake light bar (the lower corners) were loose. I had just made a comment to my friend (who was driving the rental truck we were in) how I wondered if that's how he intended it to be when a THIRD bungee lets go, and now the four foot brake light bar is just dangling there by one bungee on the back of the generator, with the guy going 70+ down the highway. This is NOT good. So I get the idea to pull out my tablet, use its paint app to write "LIGHT BAR" in big letters on it, and after about five miles of maxing out the governor on the rental truck we get up along side him, flashing lights, honking horn, with that sign, and he slowly makes the stop along the side of the highway. If that last bungee would've let go he would've taken out someone behind him (and knowing our luck that day, probably one of our cars following us!).
 
2019-02-17 09:11:18 AM  
I was working at a grocery store and a lady's dog got loose in the parking lot. It was a little dog and was running around the busy lot. She was freaking out because she was worried the dog would get hit by a car. So me and another guy tried to catch it. After chasing the dog for maybe 5 minutes, I laid down and called the dogs name to try something different, the dog came running and I grabbed the dogs collar. She gave me a hug and I got a $100 gift card from my manager for going way beyond my job.
 
2019-02-17 09:13:02 AM  
I was running a non-profit that included a low-cost summer camp.
First day a woman appeared, her daughter in tow but we were full up - on paper. Not everyone who registered had shown, so I handed her an application.
Her eyes began to well up and she told a tale that ended "so my dumb a** ex never signed her up and I have a job interview in 20 minutes and if I do this paperwork now, I'll miss it"
So, took the kid in on a phone number and come lunch time Mom breezes in, beaming, employed and with neatly filled out application. We made room and sailed along.
The job was for Ghirardelli and we started our after-school tutoring with dozens of spiffy gold pencils and chocolate treats for, well, everyone.

I don't know if it counts as "saving" someone but she told me later if she hadn't landed that job they would've been evicted the next week.
 
2019-02-17 09:13:49 AM  
On-air. Woman called to tell me her husband was in the woods lumbering (in the middle of nowhere) and she was going into labor. Said he always listened to my station and could I please mention this. He got there on time. She called back a week later with profuse thanks.
 
2019-02-17 09:15:25 AM  
In law school I was cooking dinner with my roommate one evening. We were conversing normally, when suddenly he said something that just made no sense at all. It was completely incoherent. I can't recall what it was. So I tried for a moment to process what he had said, and finally looked over. I saw him standing there with a glazed look in his eyes. And then he fell to the ground and started convulsing and frothing at the mouth.

So I called 911 and the ambulance came. The police questioned me if drugs were involved. I had to swear to them "no man, he never has, and I wouldn't lie -- I've used drugs, but this guy doesn't touch them." Which, by the way, was true. Later that evening I was feeding my roommate Jello from a spoon and calling my his parents, whom I had only met once before. The doctors thought maybe he had had a stroke. It turned out that he had some kind of viral infection, and he wound up having several more seizures in the coming weeks. It became something of a routine to hop in a cab and head to the ER at St. Vincent. But it wasn't permanently damaging, thank goodness.
Some days later, my roommate's parents asked if they could give me some kind of reward -- money or something like that. I said absolutely not. Then they offered to take me to dinner; that, I said, I would accept.
Odd thing is, about a year later my roommate and I had a falling out and we haven't really spoken since. And in a weird irony, I'm now the one who has actually had a stroke.
 
2019-02-17 09:15:57 AM  
Not a hero, just a sucker for animals.  Unemployed friend whose dog contracted Tetanus. Saving dogs life was 14k, she didn't even have 14.00. My planned home remodel was been canceled. Dog is out of intensive care and thriving.  Good dog!
 
2019-02-17 09:18:10 AM  
I was driving down the street when I saw a small white dog dragging a leash running at full speed.  I pulled over, opened the passenger door and called out.  The dog veered and leaped into the car and sat there all happy.  I shut the door and was looking on its collar for information when a car pulled up behind me. It was the owners.  Another minute or two and the dog would have run into a major intersection and probably gotten squished.
 
2019-02-17 09:19:16 AM  
Time I thoughtI was a hero, but no:

I was walking down the sidewalk when I heard a *THUMP* behind me. I turned around, and there was this man seizing on the sidewalk. As usual, I'd forgotten my cell phone at home, so I burst into the restaurant I was next to, told a startled busboy to call 911 about a man having a seizure outside.

I ran back outside and held one of his hands while he seized and started to come out of it.

"Hey, buddy," sez me. "You okay? You know where you are?" It's cold, and I'm now holding both his hands in mine because his fingers might be cold. It's at this moment I realize just how bad he smells: unwashed everything. I slowly realize he's . . . probably a homeless guy.

Ambulance shows up, and I start telling them what happened - and seizure guy peels himself up off the frozen sidewalk and starts staggering away. The ambulance crew clearly know this guy: "Hey, Andy, slow down. Andy, we need to check you." They just walked away from me, trying to slow him down.

For me, it was a heroic act. For Andy, it was Tuesday.
 
2019-02-17 09:19:22 AM  

davidphogan: feckingmorons: That date didn't work out she thought it was creepy that we had to go home so I could wash up and change. She was weird anyway.

I had a boss that got mad at me because I thought it was appropriate to be late for an appointment to go home and change out of bloody clothing after helping a guy after he was hit by a car.  I made a mental note not to help the boss if I ever saw him get hit by a car.


Was that really the problem? Or was the real problem that you didn't bother to call and explain why you would be late?

I know what you're going to say. But you know what the real answer is.
 
2019-02-17 09:20:32 AM  
I was ... gee, maybe nineteen, maybe twenty. It was a long trip from Amarillo, Texas down old 66 to Vegas, then North to Reno, and back the same way. I had to see people I was related to, get the things I'd left behind (what was left of them) and get out. The whole trip had been awful. My father was still just as much an abusive alcoholic as he was before I left. My mother still blamed me for their ruined marriage and all the affairs and poverty, and Reno was still just as much a shiat-hole as it was when I left.

I'd been on the road probably about 20 hours through some awful traffic in Vegas and a lot of boring empty on old 66 when I see the temperature light kick on. I pull off the road, and see smoke coming from under the hood after I turn off the engine. No fire, thank heavens. But I end up having to get a tow into Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Car's out of commission, repair's gonna cost 600. Bus ticket "home" is going to set me back another 120. I have pocket change left, and I haven't had anything to eat since I left Reno.

I'm sitting at this little diner that is also their greyhound station, which is kind of weird, but you do you, Santa Rosa, and I see out the window this dog. Border Collie from the look of things. Hungry, matted fur, obviously sniffing about for whatever she can find.

So with the last bill in my pocket, I order up a steak, and fries.

The guy thinks I'm nuts, but I go out and feed the dog, even get to pet her a bit. I'd have taken her home if I had the car. But I didn't. All I could do was give her a meal and a little love and make her day better than mine was being.

And that moment, that mindset was what I gained from it. Maybe I don't always have a good day, but I can still make someone else's better, and that's good too.
 
2019-02-17 09:21:06 AM  
In the very early 90s the US Gov had decided how email was going to work and it it was going to cost a bunch. I changed two words in a DOD document that allowed a different system to be used as temporary solution. That temporary solution is now what everyone uses for email and it allows free communication for billions of people. Unfortunately it also allows spam.
 
2019-02-17 09:21:29 AM  
Nothing dramatic, but I have a close friend who says I saved her life.  She'd been through a lot of trauma and was suffering the aftereffects.  She had no plans or thoughts about doing herself in, but she was losing the strength and will to keep holding on, until she met me.  I don't really do much except be supportive and help her put herself back together (somewhat literally), but I make her feel so safe that just being in same room can calm her panic attacks.
 
2019-02-17 09:23:48 AM  

mittromneysdog: davidphogan: feckingmorons: That date didn't work out she thought it was creepy that we had to go home so I could wash up and change. She was weird anyway.

I had a boss that got mad at me because I thought it was appropriate to be late for an appointment to go home and change out of bloody clothing after helping a guy after he was hit by a car.  I made a mental note not to help the boss if I ever saw him get hit by a car.

Was that really the problem? Or was the real problem that you didn't bother to call and explain why you would be late?

I know what you're going to say. But you know what the real answer is.


I called. The client was fine with delaying the meeting. My boss was an asshole anyway. Like you.
 
2019-02-17 09:24:20 AM  
When I was a kid, my younger sister (who couldn't swim) fell in the lake at our cottage. I jumped in, grabbed her and pulled her to the ladder
 
2019-02-17 09:25:13 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: Saved my mom by doing the Heimlich on her one morning when I was a teenager.


I saved our son's life when he was 6 months old and choking on an oak leaf.
Nothing as fancy as the Heimlich, I looked over, he was laying in his play pen and pale blue, and I jammed two fingers down his throat without a thought in my head, pulled it out, handed him (wailing) to my mother (weeping) said "he's okay" and went out into the front yard and fainted.
 
2019-02-17 09:25:46 AM  
I've changed young mom's tires, unstuck a little old lady's car from the winter mud in some remote cemetery, caught a gal falling off some stairs... I have prevented several pilots form killing themselves in airplanes but since I was there, it doesn't really count. I was just saving me.
 
2019-02-17 09:26:53 AM  
While riding my scooter home from work during a lunch break on a hot New Orleans summer day, I saw a woman leaning against a light pole in the neutral ground like she was about to pass out from the heat.

By the time I turned around and got back to her she was staggering along as if she was getting ready to walk across the street. She was breathing so hard she could hardly speak and sweating profusely.

I convinced her to sit down in the shade of a small tree and rest. I sat there with her an called for an ambulance. It took a few minutes for the EMTs to arrive during which I asked her her name - Kiva.

I left shortly after the EMTs took over, never knowing what ever became of Miss Kiva.
 
2019-02-17 09:28:12 AM  
Not exactly a hero but I coulda been a contender. Sometime or other about twenty-twenty five years ago some poor slob was in a raft trying to make it to the Keys from Cuba. Navy and CG were looking for him, but the currents in the Florida straits are tricky to say the least. They were searching area "A" but the computer models we were running strongly suggested he was drifting into area "B". I msg'd our people in southern Florida, as well as the SAR outfits, providing facts, figures and graphics, telling them where they should be looking. Repeatedly. I was ignored. Some fisherman finally found the poor bastard, almost dead...in area "B". The SAR folks sent me a nice letter thanking me but not admitting they were wrong, relayed through our detachment. I pinned it over my desk. I still have it.
 
2019-02-17 09:29:12 AM  

433: I saved my best friend's life once, but it's kind of a sordid, unpleasant story.  I got a text that said I needed to get there, and no one was there when I did.  I breathed for her for a long while and then she came to life, confused and punching.  I gripped her to keep her from hurting herself, or me, and about that time her boyfriend arrived - I'd called him and told him.  We each had to hold her.

I went across the street at about that point to a nurse's house whom I'd also called.  She tried to use the moment as a way to f*ck me.  I left.

I was mad and disgusted by all of it.  It's been a long time now, and my best friend is still my best friend, though we're all clean and have been.  We talk like it never happened, but she'll drop allusions to her gratitude occasionally, and the fact that she was going to die.

I'm sorry that so many of my CSB's are centered around ill sh*t, that's not the life I live.


You know, 433, coming through the other side of that---and being able to write about the experience--is potentially life-saving for others.

You're pretty farking amazing.

(Ok side note;autocorrect keeps changing farking to darling.   Which is just...darling )
 
2019-02-17 09:31:47 AM  

DON.MAC: In the very early 90s the US Gov had decided how email was going to work and it it was going to cost a bunch. I changed two words in a DOD document that allowed a different system to be used as temporary solution. That temporary solution is now what everyone uses for email and it allows free communication for billions of people. Unfortunately it also allows spam.


How is it different from the way e-mail worked in the 1980s?
 
2019-02-17 09:32:52 AM  
My 90 year old mother was feeling poorly. With an over abundance of caution, I decide, lets go the the emergency room.

After they admittedher with Cardiomegaly, an enlarged heart, (what killed Debbie Reynolds). The doctor asks, "How did she get here?"

"I drove her."

"Just put her in the car?"

"yeah, why?"

"Saved her life. An ambulance wouldn't have been in time."

She's 95 now. :)
 
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