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Germany soccer midfielder Mesut Ozil truly appreciated host nation Brazil’s hospitality throughout the world tournament.  He enjoyed and appreciated it so much so, that he has announced that he will sponsor sugeries of 23 Brazilian children, one for every member of his World Cup winning Germany team.  Sports in so many ways are truly more then just a game, and Ozil has proved the impact that these special athletes can have on everyone.    

 

On his Facebook page he wrote –

"Dear fans,
Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children. Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23. This is my personal thank-you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil."

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

Published in Sports

Pit bull saves owner from burning home

A pit bull is being hailed as a hero after saving his owner from a house fire.  Jackie Bonasera was drying her hair in her Long Island, NY home when she heard her dog, Cain, barking loudly.  When she ran downstairs, she saw that the house was on fire.  She immediately ran out of the house without injury thanks to Cain.

"He's definitely the town hero. He's a pit bull, too," Jackie said. "They have such bad reps, but he's such a good boy.”


And that's what's good,

Jon

 

References: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/04/18055161-pit-bull-saves-new-york-woman-from-burning-home?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=8

Published in Random Good News

A man in a wheelchair was trying to read a sign across the tracks at the Metro Center station in Washington, DC when his wheelchair rolled and fell off the platform.  As this was happening US Army Spc. Michael Menchaca was on his way down to catch the subway when he noticed something go over the track. 

Menchaca instantly jumped down to try and free the man, but initially struggled to free the man from the seat belt.  Two others good Samaritans jumped down to help, and together they were able to save the man before the subway came through.  

"It was just the right thing," Menchaca said. "Pretty much like anyone else would have done."  Army Spc. Michael Menchaca is now being considered for the Soldier’s Medal, which is the Army’s highest peacetime award.


Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

Published in Random Good News

Daughter lifts car to save father

In times of panic, people are often able to do “super-human” acts.  Adam Simmons was working on the brakes of his Jeep when his jack gave out and the vehicle collapsed on his left leg. Adam's daughter Rachel heard her father’s screams and came out running.  

 

“I ran out of the house and I saw him under my car. I just lifted so he could get free. It was just the adrenaline rushing right through my body. I don’t know if I would have been able to do it otherwise” Rachel said. 

 

Luckily Adam’s injuries were minor, but I guess it’s a true statement that daughters will always take care of you.

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

Published in Random Good News

Teenagers save kidnapped girl

When 5 year old Jocelyn Rojas went missing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, two teenage boys jumped on their bikes to help the police search for her. 

Less than a mile away, Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend spotted Jocelyn in a sedan.  The two teenagers began their pursuit of the car. 

  "Every time we'd go down the street, he'd turn back around, and then ... we'll follow him", Temar said.

The pursuit lasted 15 minutes.  When the driver couldn't evade the teenagers, he got nervous, and let Jocelyn out and sped away.

"He stopped at the end of the hill and let her out, and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom," Temar said.

"He's our hero. There is just no words to say," Jocelyn's grandmother Tracey Clay said.

 

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And that's what's good,

Jon

 

References:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/15/justice/pennsylvania-teen-heroes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Published in Random Good News

NYC helicopter pilot saves the day

Michael Campbell, at 22 years old is the youngest helicopter tour pilot in New York City.  Fresh out of training, he knew exactly what to do when things went wrong.

He was 12 minutes into a 25 minute tour he was giving to four Swedish passengers when the helicopter engine suddenly failed.  Campbell went straight into hero mode.

“You only have a second to make the right decision. It’s sink or swim,’’ said Campbell as he recalls the previous days events.

Miraculously within 30 seconds he was able to keep the helicopter level, deploy the floats, and make a safe landing in the Hudson River without a single injury!

“Someone was looking out for me,’’ Campbell said. “I said a little prayer that everything would turn out OK, and I’m just really glad it worked out and everyone walked away without any harm."

Campbell was ready to come into work the next day, but his boss told him to take the day off :)


And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Random Good News

5 year old boy saves father's life

Nathaniel Dancy Jr. was riding in the car with his father Nathaniel Dancy Sr. when his pops suffered a stroke.  Nathaniel Dancy Sr. managed to pull the car over before losing consciousness and saving both of them.  Soon, his son would save his father as well.

Although only five years old, the young boy grabbed his father's phone, called his grandmother, and used his kindergarden skills to spell out the nearby stores so they could be located.  He spelled "F, U, R, N, I, T, U, R, E." and his grandmother knew that they were near  the store called "Furniture 22".

The ambulance arrived shortly after and were able to help Nathaniel's father!  In just a few minutes both the son and father were able to save each other's lives :)

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Lifestyle

(Sacramento, California) The Valley High baseball team was practicing on the field when they heard screams from the parking lot.  Without delay, the 30 Varsity and JV players hopped the fence and ran towards the lot.

There they found a young student pinned under a car.  The driver accidentally backed into her and pinned her underneath without knowing.  The baseball team heroically lifted the car and rescued the young student.

"Their courage in a traumatic situation was truly remarkable. I couldn't be more proud. They turned a terrible situation into a heroic one.", their coach Brett Sawyer proudly stated.

And that's what's good,

Jon

Published in Sports

Tom Roeser is on a mission to save Carpentersville, Ill.  He is the 60 year old CEO of the town's largest employer, Otto Engineering which makes communications gear.

Carpentersville was hit hard by the recession and showed signs of becoming a crime ridden wreck.  Once houses started going under, crime started rising.  Broken windows and graffiti started becoming a common appearance. 

Roeser cares deeply about his town and wasn't going to let it go down.  Unfortunately, he couldn't get any help.

"It really was neglected," said Roeser. "I went to the town, the county; I went to Habitat for Humanity; I told them that we needed to do something about this neighborhood. I couldn't get help from anybody."

So he took matters into his own hands.  He bought up 193 foreclosed homes, fixed them up, and sold or rented them out at discount rates.  It's starting to work - crime is going down, other neighbors are improving their houses and people are staying.

Roeser is not expecting a profit from all of this work.  "The plumbers make money, the electricians make money, everybody makes money and the people get a new home at cost," he said. "I come out of it whole."

And that's what's good,
Jon

Published in Business

Man and dog save two lives

A Hero is defined as a person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act. On this day, a dog and its owner are praised as true heroes. 
 
Two girls were tobogganing in a riverside park when they found themselves on a sheet of ice extending from the riverbank.  Adam Shaw was walking on a bridge with his dog when he heard the screams from the girls.  One girl had fallen in the water and the other was trying to help her up.  When Shaw finally arrived on the scene, both girls were in the water. 
 
Shaw was able to pull one girl out, but the other had drifted out of reach.  He acted quickly by tying the leash to the dog, and the the dog jumped in the water.  The girl managed to get both hands on the dog "Rocky", and Shaw called for him.  Rocky swam to Shaw with the girl holding on tight. 
 
Rocky and Shaw were both honored at a local fire station, and we are glad to say that the girls are both home safe.  Thank you Rocky and Shaw for your heroic acts!
 
 
Have a great day, and may the Good News be yours,
 
Jeremy
Published in Random Good News
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