5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Chicago man jumps onto subway tracks to save a stranger
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2014 5:09 AM CDT
5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week
Firefighters salute as Kristen Walsh watches the casket of her late husband, Edward Walsh.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A last gesture for a fallen firefighter and a mother's selfless decision highlight the list:

  • Boston Firefighters Hunt Ruins, Find Ring for Widow: The widow of one of the two Boston firefighters killed in last week's deadly fire had only one request of his fellow firefighters: Find her husband's wedding ring. And as Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe reports, they somehow did just that in the ashes of the Back Bay blaze.
  • Mom Dies So Her Baby Can Live: Elizabeth Joice learned her cancer had returned while she was pregnant, but doctors needed a full-body MRI scan to figure out how far. Because the dyes used could harm the baby, she would have to end the pregnancy before having the procedure. She opted against that and gave birth to a healthy girl. Joice died six weeks later, saying it was all worth it.
  • Man Jumps Onto Subway Tracks, Saves Woman: When a woman fell onto the tracks at a Chicago Blue Line stop as a train was arriving, Eddie Palacios leaped onto the tracks himself and began waving for the train to stop. He figured his orange hoodie would save both their lives, and he was right.
  • On 1st Day, 911 Operator Takes Call About Her Dad: Crystal Morrow was just four hours into her first day working solo as a 911 operator in Georgia when she took a call—and heard a familiar voice. It was her aunt, who had called 911 because Morrow's dad went into diabetic shock. Morrow calmly walked her aunt through all the steps needed to save her dad's life.
  • Goodwill Reunites Family with 1812 Heirloom Bible: A centuries-old heirloom Bible has found its way back into family hands thanks to a dedicated Goodwill employee. It turned up in a box of donations, and the employee tracked down the rightful owners with her only clue, the names to two long-dead people in the inscription.
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