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Thursday, February 8, 2018

10 Heroic Acts Of Ordinary People

On many occasions, ordinary people have done things selflessly and for the good of others, not minding if they get injured or pay the ultimate price. Be it putting out a fire, apprehending a suspected criminal or bringing succor to the oppressed, these people abandoned whatever it was they were doing in order to save a dicey situation.

They rose up to the occasion, no minding the dangers involved and in the end, they became heroes for their actions.

1. Dominic Troulan

Dominic Troulan
Image Source: Dailymail.co.uk
On Saturday, 21 September 2013, Al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi Kenya. The terrorists shot at and killed many civilians who were in and around the mall.

During the raid, at least 67 persons were killed by the terrorists while they left 175 others with various degrees of injuries and wounds. In all these, one man-Dominic Troulan - stood out for his bravery and courageous acts.

Single-handedly, Troulan saved more than 100 lives who were trapped inside the Mall at the time.

For this, he received the George Cross Award, becoming the first civilian recipient of that award for over forty years.

2. Collins Omondi

In March of 2015, a man was spotted by a schoolboy, as he dragged a little girl along a river bank in Nairobi, Kenya. Obviously, he was planning to do the girl harm - murder or rape.

Ordinarily, the boy wouldn't have done anything, but he had learned something courtesy his teacher - Collins Omondi. Collins had taught and continued to teach the boys about respecting and protecting women from harm. He taught them also how to go about it.

So the boy called on other schoolboys and together, they confronted the man and saved the girl from being raped. The man was almost starting by the time the boys intervened.

According to reuters.com, Omondi teaches a program called ‘Your Moment of Truth’, run by the charity Ujamaa Africa which encourages adolescent boys to stand up against violence toward women.

The training is “highly effective” in improving attitudes toward women and increasing the likelihood of successful intervention, researchers from Stanford University, University of Nairobi and United States International University-Africa said.

3. Clarke Bynum

In the year 2000, Clarke Bynum, a former Clemson University basketball player had been enjoying a cool sleep with his friend, Gifford Shaw, in their business class seats on a British Jumbo jet en route Nairobi when they were awoken by people screaming for help and unpleasant sounds from the engine. He was soon to realize that the plane was going down.

Bynum soon realized that someone else, apart from the pilots, was in the cockpit and happens to be the reason for all the hullabaloo. He decided that something must be done.

" A 27-year-old Kenyan man, whom police and airline officials have described as deranged, had rushed into the cockpit, grabbed the controls and was pushing the Boeing 747-400 into a series of nosedives as he struggled with First Officer Phil Watson for control of the plane", says ABC News.

Using his 6-foot-7-inch frame, Bynum grabbed and wrestled the man to the floor, allowing the pilot to pull the plane to level after it had plummeted 19,000 feets from its cruising altitude of 30,000 feet.

4. Zannah Mustapha

Barr Zannah Mustapha
Source: futureprowess.org
In an effort to ensure that children and orphans affected by the conflict in Borno State can attend school, Barr Zannah Mustapha set up a school where education, uniforms, meals, and healthcare are provided free of charge.

The lawyer who founded -Futureprowess - in the conflict-torn Northeastern part of Nigeria has also been pivotal in the negotiation of the release of some of the abducted Chibok school girls.

He was honored, on October 2nd, 2017, with the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for his dedication and commitment towards the welfare and education of the orphaned children.

5. Ugomdi Ogbonna

Favour Emmanuel and siblings had been living in Port Harcourt, Rivers State of Nigeria when tragedy struck, taking away their father who had been the family's breadwinner. Unable to pay their rent, the mother took the children back to Aba, where they all lived with their grandmother.

To make ends meet, poor Favour had to hawk groundnuts.

Things continued this way till Favour ran into Ugomdi Ogbonna while selling the groundnuts. On discovering that the boy was out of school due to lack of funds, Ugomdi opted to foot the boy's education from secondary right through the university.

6. Emmanuel Mensah

New York Army National Guard Pvt. 1st Class Emmanuel Mensah
Source: www.army.mil 
On December 28th, 2017, a US Army National Guard soldier of Ghanaian descent, Emmanuel Mensah, died while rescuing his neighbors during a New York City fire.

The 28-year-old who had helped evacuate nearly a half-dozen people died en route to save more people from the inferno.

According to his father, 62-year-old Kwabena Mensah "Emmanuel helped his roommate's wife and children, they were trying to come out to the stairs and he stopped them. He told them to come out the window... Then he went in and tried to rescue more people".

7. Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh

Dr. Stella
Image Source: www.theguardian.com
On examining Mr. Patrick Sawyer, in the early days of Ebola spreading in 2014, Dr. Stella had reasons to believe that the man who flew into Nigeria from Liberia could be infected with the deadly virus.

She did what was the best practice - she quarantined him. This act proved to be one of Nigeria's saving grace. She even turned down a request by Mr. Saywer's employees who wanted him in Calabar where he was due to attend a conference. This stopped Mr. Patrick from taking the fast-spreading virus to Calabar, a populous city.

She later died on the 19th of August 2014 after contracting the deadly virus from Mr. Sawyer. Although the sister of Mr. Patric Sawyer, whom he had had contact with, died barely few weeks before he embarked on the fateful trip to Nigeria, he still went on the journey.

Patrick had collapsed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria, on arrival on July 20th of 2014.

8. Ramona Gibbs

Ramona in hospital (Image: Caters)
Source: mirror.co.uk
British Six-year-old Ramona was playing outside her home with her younger sister, Trixie, who was only three when an elderly driver went off the road, heading straight for the girls.

In a split-second, Ramona pushed her sister away and in the process, received full impact onslaught from the speeding car. She got pinned between the car and another vehicle.

The brave child was left with a broken leg and rib, a bruised pelvis, badly damaged knee, liver and lung damage, and severe internal. She was in the hospital for 16 days.

Although Ramona does not remember pushing Trixie away, her sister says Ramona actually pushed her to safety and had only a bump on the head.

She was rewarded by the Police for her bravery.

9. Little Tyke

Two-year-old Tyke had gone with his dad to see his older sister partake in a wrestling match.

From his watching position, the toddler could tell that his sister was on the receiving end of the match and decided that she needed help.

Without requesting any approval, the little boy dove into the wrestling mat with the sole intent of saving his sister. The power of sibling love cannot be better expressed.

10. Diane Aluska

Diane and Jenna
Source: www.independent.co.uk
After attending Mass on Sunday 14th May 2017 being Mothers Day, Diane Aluska and her daughter, Jenna made a brief stop at a bakery in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York. While leaving the bakery, Diane noticed a car reversing towards them at top speed.

Diane grabbed her daughter by the shoulder and pushed her off, receiving the full impact of the speeding car. The duo was taken to a hospital, where, unfortunately, the mother died.

“At the last second, you could see the mother kind of throw the daughter out of the way and sacrifice herself to try and save her own daughter so that was pretty heartfelt,” witness Joe Biggs told CBS.