Defining a Hero – The Feel good Depot Way

by Terry on April 17, 2013 · 25 comments

in Feel Good Pictures, Feel Good Type Events, Military Feel Good, People Feel Good Stories

This week was another week of sorrow here in the US with the horrific events that occurred during the Boston Marathon.

That said… from every dark day comes the light of those hero’s who faced the danger to themselves in order to do what they could to help another person.

Like these people – The Tough Ruckers @ The Boston Marathon:

It took about eight hours for all of the soldiers to cross the finish line (HOW AWESOME ARE THESE PEOPLE). They were gathered near the medical tent behind the finish line, waiting for the elite runners to come in. That was the contingency plan in case anything went wrong—meet by the medical tent. IT DID and they joined in the emergency efforts by assisting Medical personal with recovering people from the blast and also providing security services by standing watches over the area.


Then… how about Carlos Arredondo, a man  seen on video, wearing a cowboy hat, helping National Guard troops, police and firefighters wrestle a fence open to allow emergency responders to reach the dozens of wounded people bleeding on the Boston sidewalk. He took a part of his clothing to make a tourniquet to slow the blood loss from the man’s severed artery. That man was put into a wheel chair and taken away by ambulance.

CARLOS ARREDONDO – You have suffered great losses (his son was killed many months ago in Afghanistan) and battled dark demons but in a moment you saved a life and brought great honor to yourself and the memories of your fallen soldier son…


Those medical personal who were there just doing what they do, dealing with minor cuts and dehydration, sprains and tears… who immediately shifted gears and became Triage nurses and doctors….

Along with all the medical personal who were actual participants who dropped everything to do what they could. Help the wounded, help others who were grieving… doing what ever needed to be done with skill and SPEED.

Time is vital in saving lives, as expressed by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Doctors call the first 60 minutes the “golden hour” in trauma response, he said. Those first 60 minutes and the actions performed usually dictate the outcome for the victim

Within the first 15 minutes, 15 patients were at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Level I trauma center, Gupta said. Seven operating rooms were immediately cleared for the nine patients needing surgery, he said.

While many of you will forever remain nameless.. YOU ALL TOTALLY FREAKING ROCK!!!!

Or how about Joe Andruzzi the former New England Patriots lineman (who is ALREADY A FREAKING HERO) who helps children with brain cancer and their families pay for their treatments through his foundation. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation had a team of runners in the Boston Marathon to raise money to help more patients. He was pictured carrying an injured person but downplayed his role afterwards…

“While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals — first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives,” he said in a statement Monday. “They were the true heroes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Andruzzi knows heroes. His brothers were New York firefighters involved in the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack.


Or the yet unknown soldier (Tyler something) who helped to calm a hysterical lady named Victoria by showing her his own shrapnel wound from Afghanistan. Tyler if somehow this finds you… Call the governor’s office, Tyler. The number is 617-725-4000. Victoria wants to say thanks and you TOTALLY FREAKING EARNED IT BECAUSE YOU ROCK!! 

When a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing strikes, one way to help is to donate much-needed time, blood or money through traditional channels. But within hours of the deadly terror attacks, hundreds of people had turned to Reddit’s unconventional “Random Acts of Pizza” forum, donating more than 1,500 pizzas to hospitals and emergency personnel across the city. Anytime Pizza handled most of the orders, which were delivered through blocked roads and security checkpoints until 4:30 a.m. Tuesday thanks to police escorts. Perry Silveira, Anytime’s owner, was glad to help. “I love to cook,” he said. “If all I can do to help is feed people, that’s what I’ll do.”

WOW, and the stories go on and on…

When I saw on television people running towards the victims despite the second explosion, my prayers were running with them…

ALL OF YOU ROCK. You disregarded your own safety to help someone in need and put yourself at risk…


While the bombing itself is reason to be angry and jaded… these people have once again restored my faith…

I see that people will still do the right thing… just BECAUSE it’s the right thing.

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