Heroes are those who carry out great selfless actions and care about others, regardless of anything else. Many heroes have been recognized by history and in films, but many others have been forgotten, and also deserve great recognition.
The forgotten heroes who deserve to be remembered
1 – Maximilian Kolbe
He was a Polish Catholic who died in Auschwitz. He was arrested by the Nazis for publishing propaganda on behalf of the jews but was released shortly after. Retaliation did not concern him and therefore, welcomed hundreds of Jews into his church.
ThNazisis returned to catch him and take him back to the concentration camps. On the day that he was detained, the soldiers decided to choose several prisoners at random to kill, literally, through hunger and dehydration. Kolbe asked to go in place of one of the chosen who had no family.
He was tortured for three weeks, but he did not die, so the soldiers injected him with a chemical substance to end his life. In 1982, the Church canonized him.
2 – Jabbar Gibson
This young man, twenty years, was a drug dealer in the New Orleans area. Two days after the tragedy of hurricane Katrina, he managed to ‘steal’ a school bus and save all his friends and family that he could. In total he saved 60 people.
The police stopped him in the middle of his rescue and tried to stop him because of his background until the passengers explained what was happening and allowed him to continue with his work. When he came to the area of the Red Cross, he was told that it was full and had to leave, but all those lives were saved.
3 – Liviu Librescu
This 76-year-old teacher was present at the 2007 massacre in Virginia, in which a student killed 32 people and wounded 17 in the university with a gun. When the killer came to his class, the professor got 22 students out through the window while he was holding the door to prevent entry.
The killer did not hesitate to shoot through the door and five bullets impacted against the body of the professor, who continued to hold on until he could do no more. He saved 22 of 23 students.
4 – Nawal Soufi
The interpreter Nawal Soufi gave her phone number to several people before she left Syria to live in Italy. What she didn’t expect is that her number went viral and began receiving hundreds of calls from people who had stayed in the sea trying to flee the country.
Four years later, she continues to respond to these calls and helps to send the Coast Guard to the coordinates that each call indicates. Each day, she can help to rescue about 8 immigrants from being frozen or drowning at sea.
5 – Claude Elliot
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, it was ordered that all flights that were in the air should try to land at the nearest cities. One of them was Gander, which went from 6 daily flights to 38, and the city did not have the resources for all the visitors.
The mayor, Claude Elliot, asked on tv to send donations and that all the inhabitants opened their homes to the new visitors. Some of these people are still best friends.
6 – The engineers of Chernobyl
Just ten days after the Chernobyl disaster, a pool of water radioactive began to form under the nuclear reactor, which could cause such an explosion that the radiation would extend thousands of kilometers.
Three engineers called Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov, and Boris Baranov dared to go and empty the pool of the radiation to avoid a greater evil.
7 – Ruth Burks
For more than a decade, Ruth Burks, a physician at a Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas spent her time accompanying thousands of patients who had AIDS and had been abandoned by their families because of their disease.
The hospitals also wanted to, so she treated them and welcomed them home. On more than forty occasions, she had to bury the dead herself, as the churches did not want anything to do with them.
In the mid-90’s, it had been demonstrated that this disease did not spread in the skin, or by spending time with the sick. In addition, it was also proved that having someone that you want near is a great help in these cases.