What is the most heroic thing you've ever done?

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#1  Edited By DEVILinIRON
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I'm having trouble remembering anything heroic that I have done. I guess I've given rides to people... Oh, and I tried to defend someone who was getting beat up. How about you, what's the most heroic thing you've ever done?

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#2  Edited By warmblur
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None sadly that I can think of but I would easily save someones life even if it ended mine chances are they have more people that love them then I do.

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#3 DEVILinIRON
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@warmblur: Love yourself. Save yourself. This will be the most heroic thing you've ever done.

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#4 HEATHEN75
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I pulled a little girl out of the water near Pier 39 in San Francisco back in 93. Me and a buddy were sitting on the stone steps not far from the waters edge having some beers. Some kids were playing near the bottom steps when we heard a splash and heard one kid freaking out about his sister. So we run down to the bottom of the steps and I see a little face looking up from under the water and bubbles coming up. I jump in to realize its only chest deep on me, pull the girl up and hand her to my friend. The parents rush over and thank us but then go back to sit where they were and the kids went back to playing on the same steps. I wanted to kick the father in the face.

Then for the cheery on top. A cop comes over to see what happened. Thanks us for helping and confiscates our beer. We were only 18. Didn't ticket us or anything though. Then we had to leave because I was soaked in SF Bay water. Shitty day.

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#5  Edited By mrbojangles25
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Nothing heroic that I can think of. I'd like to think because of my size and resting mean face I might have deterred some people from harming folks around me, maybe?

Used to walk girls to their cars every so often during college because a couple girls were raped over a period of a few weeks.

But I've never actually done anything heroic.

@warmblur said:

None sadly that I can think of but I would easily save someones life even if it ended mine chances are they have more people that love them then I do.

God, if only it were that easy.

Would gladly cash my life in to save another's.

@heathen75 said:

I pulled a little girl out of the water near Pier 39 ... The parents rush over and thank us but then go back to sit where they were and the kids went back to playing on the same steps. I wanted to kick the father in the face.

Then for the cheery on top. A cop comes over to see what happened. Thanks us for helping and confiscates our beer. We were only 18. Didn't ticket us or anything though. Then we had to leave because I was soaked in SF Bay water. Shitty day.

Should have let her drown...

...kidding :P

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#6 comp_atkins
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donated peripheral blood stem cells to a cancer patient once.

it's similar to bone marrow donation but non-surgical.

i had signed to for the bone marrow registry https://bethematch.org/ while in college.

a few years later I was contacted saying i was potentially a match for a patient. the ran some more blood tests and it turned out i was a good match so i was given the opportunity to donate. it would be either marrow or blood stem cells ( doctors make decision ).

basically every day for a few days a nurse would come to my home and give me an injection of a bone marrow stimulant to increase the cell count in my blood for collection. then had to travel to NYC for collection. basically just hooked up to a machine that would take blood out of one arm, filter out the cells to donate and put the blood back in the other arm.

only side affects i had was pain in my sternum and legs ( side affect of the injections ) and was very tired day after donation.

i don't know how the patient fared since it is all anonymous. i like to think it helped :)

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#7  Edited By Sancho_Panzer
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I took the blame for something I didn't do when I was at primary school. Got the whole class out of breaktime detention and won a bunch of respect and guilt from my teacher.

That was a high point.

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#8 kriggy
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Don't think I've ever done anything extraordinary to help somebody.

Lots of people get hubris when skiing or snowboarding and hurt themselves, I think it happens at least every other day in the slopes that I collect people's stuff and help them up again 😄

It might look rad and graceful when I carve with precision to maintain speed while keeping a compact posture to be able to pick up everything from the ground. But to be honest, I've had a lot of practice and I expect others to do the same if they were in the same situation.

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#9 shellcase86
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Rides to strangers? Do it less often now, wife is concerned about potential danger.

Not heroic, but enjoyed helping a young kid with his order at Chipotle. The cashier was ignoring/could not hear him. Had to step in.

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#10 MirkoS77
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Are we defining heroism as strictly in service to another, or simply showing courage in the face of fear/adversity?

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#11 jboycat
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I guess the most heroic thing I've ever done was tell nice people to *just leave* a guy alone that really was a cool guy.

People respected it. Other than that - I'm always a jerk to people, laughing all the time like I can't get in trouble like a jerk from a book I read called Camp Fear.

Must be why I get targeted...

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#12 DEVILinIRON
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@MirkoS77: Whichever. Do tell.

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I correct other people's grammar on the internet.

You're welcome.

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#14 monstazerk
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I haven't called off work in a while, so there's that.

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I once went to Walmart on Black Friday. Never again...

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#16 uninspiredcup
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Saved numerous spiders and butterflies from potential death.

Having said that, the spider probably did go on to kill multiple victims.

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#17 Speeny
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There's probably a few but I honestly can't remember.

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I once pulled a man from a burning car, but it's not quite as impressive as that makes it sound. I was driving on the freeway and swerved around some broken glass, then a bumper, then saw a car on the side of the road with a driver who looked unconscious. I pulled over and as I walked toward his car, I noticed a small flame kinda peak out under the engine. So I ran over and tried to wake him up. He sort of stirred, but went back to sleep. Another guy pulled up in a pickup and the two of us got him to wake up enough to get himself out of the car, then we each got under one arm and brought him to the pickup truck. He came in and out of consciousness while we waited for an ambulance and fire truck to show up. It took some time, but the car eventually started burning.

I also Heimlich maneuvered a kid that was choking on a grape. He was probably three, but small enough that I was able to do baby Heimlich where you hold the child upside down with one arm and hit their back.

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#19  Edited By DEVILinIRON
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@judaspete: Nice!

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#20 gonetomars
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There was this squirrel that was hit by a car and bleeding out. I stepped on it's skull.

Is mercy killing still hero work?

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#21 DEVILinIRON
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@gonetomars: Tough call. Heroes make tough calls.

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Testified in court. I even got to do that "that's him right there, sir" thing while pointing.

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#23  Edited By deactivated-628e6669daebe
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Not heroic but once I saved a girl from being obliterated by a taxi. It was just a reflex though nothing heroic about it.

Closer to being heroic, once I stepped up to stop a guy from bothering a girl, he told me to **** off because he knew Muay Thai and I broke his nose with a headbutt. It was hilarious. Then a bouncer from a bar came in and slapped and punched him a bit more. To add insult to injury his group of friends turned on him and just kept telling him he deserved and that he was an idiot. But not really heroic either just a feel good memory.

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#24  Edited By Gaming-Planet
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I saved some baby birds that fell out of their nest. I put them back in and the mother was happy.

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When I joined The Politic. Plus, later, other Politics level. Which include doing my part in Defending the Members The Society.

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#26 vl4d_l3nin
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Just the everyday hero sh*t. Donate blood, walk girls to their cars, fostered animals.

Probably the most heroic thing I did was saved a dude from choking on gum in high school. I didn't want to do the Heimlich on him cause he was super tiny, but he was going blue, so I just shoved my fingers down his throat and pulled out the wad of gum.

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@Byshop said:

I correct other people's grammar on the internet.

You're welcome.

Truly a thankless service. Honestly I often feel temped to point if out when I see numerous grammar and spelling mistakes but I haven't done it for a while because I know how much others detest it!

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#28  Edited By gigihadid661
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I fix my refrigerator. In the event that you know the refrigerator So disclose to me which gas used in the refrigerator.

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Giving some money to my parents :)

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#30 RatchetClank92
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I did cpr on an obese girl that had passed out from heat stroke at a concert, she ended up dying after unfortunately, but the combination of poor health choices, dehydration and heat got to her. Also got into a few fights defending others.

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#31  Edited By Jag85
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Last thing I did that I guess you could consider "heroic" was about 1-2 years ago, when I saw a big kid bullying a little kid. I stepped in, pulled back the big kid, and told him to stop bullying the little kid. The big kid then stopped and walked away. Not really sure if I'd consider that "heroic" though, since I was an adult bigger than both of the kids. So it wasn't exactly "brave" or anything, but just common decency.

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#32 palasta
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I saved a bug from the clutches of ravenous ants. Ok, it was only one ant, but the beetle was fighting for his life. He was very thankful for saving his life. At least that's my take when i saw him scuttle away frantically on his remaining legs.

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#33 brimmul777
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Didn’t save anyone’s life or anything important but this morning I bought breakfast for a homeless lady. Pretty sure she was mentally ill. She had tears coming down her face and talked so low, I can barely tell she was talking english. Not to brag, but it made me feel better that I helped someone in need.

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#34 Peasly
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Not really heroic but I grabbed a cat that was cornered by a dog and held onto it until the dogs owner turned up. The cat wasn't that impressed by my intervention afterwards and walked away while giving me a view of it's pencil sharpener. Think I came off worse than the cat as said cat gave me quite a few scratches, understandable as it was scared and probably saw me as a threat too at the time. You can't win 'em all..!!

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#35 Skarwolf
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Winter myself and two friends were walking through a park. We saw a younger kid running frantically and recognized it was a boy from our school.

We noticed he was crying. His twin brother had fallen through the ice on the lake. He was about 50’out barely hanging on to the edge.

Having watched G.I. Joe cartoon they always had these personal safety shorts after the main cartoon. They showed what yo do in that situation.

We got a large branch and each of us stretched out until the kid grabbed it and we pulled him out. We had to take our coats off and wrap him up he was turning blue and couldn’t move.

Two of us sprinted to his house and told his parents.

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#36 LoonelyTress
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Well, heroic is really for others to define.

On two separate occasions, I saved little kids from drowning - plucked them out of the pool where they were face down bobbling and no one was noticing.

In one case the kid had fallen in his Sunday best suit...and the other kids were just laughing, no idea the kid was sucking in water instead of air. It was a huge pool, and I saw it from some distance and knew immediately he was about to be goners, and sprinted over and swooped him out and he gurgled up the water and was okay, and I carried him over to his parents, who hadn't seen what happened, and they just laughed.