9 inspirational stories of self-sacrifice
Few people are willing to sacrifice themselves for others.
Police Artur Kasprzak
When, during Hurricane Sandy Flood started, 28-year-old police officer Artur Kasprzak pulled from the water and carried to the attic houses six adults and one child - his nephew. Then he realized that he did not see his father among the saved people, and decided to go down again. It later emerged that the father of the police managed to escape on their own. Kasprzaka himself was found dead a few hours later.
In 1941, the Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe was in Auschwitz. Once one of the prisoners had fled, and the deputy camp commandant has selected ten prisoners who had to pay for it - to die of starvation. One of the doomed - Polish sergeant Franciszek Gajowniczek, began to cry, shouting the names of his wife and children. Then Kolbe came out and offered his life in exchange for life Gaovnicheka. His sacrifice was accepted. In the terrible stinking place where left to die of ten, Kolbe continued to support fellow sufferers - prayer and songs. Three weeks later, he was still alive, and the Nazis decided to introduce him a lethal injection. In 1982, Maximilian Kolbe canonized.
In 2009, in the Philippines there was a series of floods. During one of them, 18-year-old Muelmar Magallans tied a rope to his belt, and saved his family, then neighbors rushed to pull out of the nearby houses. He did not stop until he ran out of gas, and then I saw how the course carries his mother holding a baby. He dived again, but was unable to swim. Muelmar rescued more than 20 people.
The legendary engineer Casey Jones drove his locomotive at top speed, trying to make up for lost time and get into the plot when he noticed a fireman on the tracks ahead of the wagons. The clash was inevitable. Without thinking, Casey told the fireman to jump, and he stayed in the cockpit until the very end, struggling to slow down the structure. Through the actions of the driver killed in a collision, only one person - himself Casey. He was 37 years old.
As Muelmar Jordan Rice made the feat during the flood. But unlike Muelmara, Jordan was only thirteen, and he did not know how to swim. Flooding overtook seven boys in Queensland (Australia), during a car journey. Jordan was trapped with her mother and younger brother. Shortly before the family arrived and rescuers tried to pull Jordan, but he refused, demanding first save his brother. Unfortunately, after Rice Jr. found himself in safety, a huge wave struck the car and took her. Jordan and his mother died.
Alfred Vanderbilt was an aristocrat, a sportsman and a fabulously wealthy man.
In 1915 he made a business trip aboard the liner "Lusitania", when the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine, and it was rapidly sinking. Vanderbilt instantly oriented and has actively participated in the rescue operation: helping passengers to take their seats on the lifeboats and life jackets to wear. Your own vest Alfred, remaining a gentleman to the end, he gave an unknown woman with a baby. And take a seat in the boat, too, declined - several times. This is despite the fact that he could not even swim.
There is in this story, and another amazing part: three years earlier, in 1912, Vanderbilt was going to come back to the States on the infamous "Titanic", but changed his mind at the last minute.
Heroes of cinema
In 2012, a certain James Holmes opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora (Colorado) during the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises."
When the first shots were fired, three young men instinctively closed their own bodies, their girlfriends than save their lives.
Dr. Liviu Librescu
Dr. Liviu Librescu was a professor at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Mechanics of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 2007, a student named Cho Seung-Hui made a slaughter in the university, which killed 32 people. 76-year-old Liviu Librescu tried by all means not to let the murderer in the audience, holding the door while his students were selected out. Seung-Hui Cho shot through the door, five bullets hit the professor.
The senior detective Oleg Okhrimenko made the feat in Omsk. April 21, 2002, he participated in the arrest of a dangerous criminal, armed with a grenade and a pistol. Having realized that he was trapped, the offender took a woman hostage and came to a stop, which was full of people. At some point, he lost his nerve, he began to shoot at police officers and was killed by return shot. The grenade fell on the ground and Oleg covered her with his body, than saving the lives of his comrades, bystanders and hostages.