Good Samaritan

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Metal Detectorist Saves the Day After Proposal Gone Wrong

Man finds $3K engagement ring that Seth Dixon dropped in pond while proposing

(Newser) - It was the "little plop" heard 'round the world. Seth Dixon and Ruth Salas likely thought they'd never find Salas' $3,000 engagement ring again after Dixon accidentally dropped it off a wooden footbridge and into a pond while proposing in Kansas City earlier this month. But... More »

Starbucks Robbery Suspect Plans to Sue Customer

Fresno police chief says idea of lawsuit is 'ludicrous'

(Newser) - A California man who tried to rob a Starbucks armed with a knife and a fake gun is now planning to sue the man who stopped him, according to his parents. Ryan Flores, 30, was stabbed repeatedly with his own knife in a fight with customer Cregg Jerri, 58, who... More »

Cop Buys Shirt and Tie for Shoplifter's Job Interview

Teen was busted trying to steal them from a Walmart in Toronto

(Newser) - A teen with no money and no good clothes to wear to an upcoming job interview made the misguided decision to try to steal a shirt and tie from Walmart. As Toronto's CP24 reports, the 18-year-old quickly got busted by store security. But that's when the kid caught... More »

Man Helps Woman in Need, Gets Big Surprise Years Later

Chris Wright had no idea a kind gesture would come back around

(Newser) - Chris Wright was driving to church in Georgia in 2014 when he spotted TunDe Hector walking in the rain carrying a jerrycan. She'd run out of gas with $5 in her pocket. The Good Samaritan tells ABC News he offered her a lift to a gas station and back,... More »

He Lost His Twin 'to the Sea.' It Wasn't Going to Happen Again

Captain dives into frigid Alaska waters to rescue crew member after boat capsizes

(Newser) - Coast Guard members aboard a helicopter and Good Samaritans on a nearby vessel watched in amazement as the captain of a fishing boat dove into frigid Alaska waters this week to pull off a risky rescue. Per the Alaska Dispatch News , water started flooding the Grayling, a commercial fishing boat... More »

Dad 'Wanted to Kill' Man Who Found His Lost Toddler

Father believed stranger was child predator, cops say

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan was branded a child predator and had his photo plastered across social media over the weekend, all because he tried to help a lost child. A man was visiting with friends at a softball game in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday when he noticed a toddler looking lost,... More »

Good Samaritan Who Lost Legs Gets Fitting Gift

Company wants to pay for her prosthetics

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan who lost both her legs while helping a crashed motorist now has one less expense to worry about. Certified prosthetist Joshua Ryder of Island Coast Orthopedics in Lee County, Fla., has offered to donate two prosthetic legs to 30-year-old Danielle Hagmann as soon as she's ready,... More »

Good Samaritan Who Lost Legs Has 5 Kids, No Health Insurance

Now Danielle Hagmann is hoping for some Good Samaritans of her own

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan who lost both her legs while helping a crashed motorist is now hoping for a few Good Samaritans of her own. A woman lost control of her car on the interstate shortly before 3am Sunday in Florida, crashing into a guardrail, WFTX reports. Danielle Hagmann of Fort... More »

Good Samaritans Stop to Help Crash Victims, Get Hit by Car

Doctor, teen stopped after a Jeep rolled over, were hit by suspected drunk teen

(Newser) - Six teens found themselves in trouble when their Jeep rolled over early Sunday on a Detroit interstate, and help came quickly in the form of two Good Samaritans who were driving past the scene around 7:30am. But per WDIV , those two helpers ended up in the hospital themselves when... More »

She Saw a Distraught Dad at Airport, Spent $749 to Help

Texas businesswoman saved the day at Nebraska's Eppley Airfield

(Newser) - A Texas businesswoman has been unmasked as the Good Samaritan who saved a distraught father in a bind. The man was checking in for a flight earlier this month at Omaha's Eppley Airfield with his toddler when he hit a snag. CBS News reports the agent asked him the... More »

Hassle With Card Payment Turns Into Sweet Moment

Stranger pays woman's grocery bill when her card kept getting rejected

(Newser) - Everybody's been there: Standing in a checkout line as the person at the register struggles to get a credit card to go through. When it happened to Ryan O'Donnell, however, the way he responded has managed to charm his native Australia, reports Mashable . When an older woman's... More »

Man Killed at Mall Was Having His Wedding Ring Cleaned

Jon Murphy was shot while trying to stop a robbery

(Newser) - A man who was shot to death while trying to stop a robbery inside a mall jewelry store was there with his wife to have their wedding rings cleaned. Police say Jon Murphy, 42, was killed at San Antonio's Rolling Oaks Mall during Sunday's robbery of a Kay'... More »

Strangers Form Human Chain, Rescue Driver From Flames

'You will not die today'

(Newser) - A man in Florida is alive today after a group of strangers formed a human chain and helped police get him out of a burning vehicle. Police in Brevard County say the driver of an SUV hit another car on US 1 about 11am Sunday, then careened down an embankment,... More »

Have Thumb, Will Marry, Says Hitchhiking Bride

Angelique Arsenault didn't let her limo's flat tire ruin her big day

(Newser) - "For richer and for poorer, through broken-down cars and in health" is how Angelique Arsenault could have rewritten her vows after a pre-wedding roadblock in New Hampshire. The AP reports Arsenault was in her limo with her bridal party on Saturday, on her way to say "I do"... More »

Good Samaritan Helps Teens Pull SUV From Ditch, Is Shot Dead

It happened in North Charleston, SC

(Newser) - Two South Carolina teenagers are charged with murder in the shooting death of a Good Samaritan who helped them pull an SUV out of a ditch, the AP reports. North Charleston Police spokesperson Spencer Pryor told local news outlets the victim stopped to help the teens pull the vehicle out... More »

SC Soldiers Acting as Good Samaritans at Bar Are Killed

They were shot trying to protect a woman: witnesses

(Newser) - Witnesses say two soldiers were only trying to protect a woman from her attacker when they were fatally shot at a South Carolina bar shortly before midnight on Saturday. Friends and family say they wouldn't have had it any other way. Charles Judge Jr. and Jonathon Prins intervened after... More »

Guy Helps Family in Rollover Crash, Gets Billed $143

Paramedics briefly checked him over, had to bill him

(Newser) - Derrick Deanda saw a van on its side after a rollover crash in Elk Grove, California, broke windows to free the father and three kids trapped inside, and then ... got billed $143. "I pulled up right as it happened," Deanda recalls to CBS Sacramento of the September 2015... More »

Ex-Marine Shot Dead While Making Citizen's Arrest

Anthony Antell Jr. witnessed domestic shooting in Texas

(Newser) - An ex-Marine in Texas who witnessed a shooting in a Walgreens parking lot was shot dead as he tried to make a citizen's arrest, police say. The Arlington Police Department says Anthony Antell Jr., 35, went to his vehicle to get his gun after he saw Ricci Bradden shoot... More »

Cop Helps Boy Get Home After Dad Dies on Vacation

Police officer traded his reward miles to get boy a flight

(Newser) - It should have been a dream father-son vacation. Instead, a 13-year-old Illinois boy was left stranded alone in California when his 37-year-old dad died unexpected Sunday, reports My News LA . Because the boy had missed his scheduled flight home amid the chaos and had no relatives in the area, officers... More »

Teen Who Returned Thor's Wallet Gets a Hero's Reward

'Ma, do you know who this is?'

(Newser) - A 17-year-old kid who returned Thor's missing wallet is an even bigger Boy Scout than Captain America—literally. Mashable reports actor Chris Hemsworth was eating with his family in a "rough" area of Los Angeles when he forgot his wallet. "I left my wallet on the table... More »

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