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Clover Saved Haley

Haley was walking her dog, Clover, when she suddenly had a seizure and collapsed at the edge of the street. Clover watched one car go by, then pulled out of her leash and stood in the street in front of the next car that came. The driver, Dryden, went to see what the problem was while Clover stood near him. After she had stopped a second vehicle, she went for more help, apparently running home. When Clover and Haley's father got back to her, 911 had been called and she was in an ambulance, where she woke up. She has no idea what caused the seizure, but she was very grateful that Clover was there.

Couple Adopts 7

Pam Willis saw a Facebook post in 2019 about a family with seven children whose parents had been killed in a car accident. She says she felt at the time like she should give them a home. Discussing it with her husband, Gary, and having experience with being foster parents, they decided that they should adopt all the kids. They already had five grown children, but that didn't deter them.

A few months later, they met all seven children, who ranged in age from 15 down to 4. They had already had some struggles, from their parents' battle with addiction, to homelessness and all had been in the hospital after being in the vehicle accident that killed their parents.

Pam and Gary adopted them in August, 2020, and they now live in California.

Teen Saves Toddler From Drowning

Kaydence was on vacation in Florida with her parents, enjoying the pool, when she saw a small body floating in the deep end.

"I was scared and nervous and afraid, but my instincts kicked in," Henslee told KRQE News. "I just saw her kind of floating. She wasn't technically on the bottom when I was there."

Three year-old Haven was pulled from the pool and a bystander helped Kaydence perform CPR. Haven's mother had exited the pool area for a moment and was shocked to find out it was her daughter who was in the pool. The child is expected to make a full recovery.

Teen Saves Child From Overturned Car

Yury and his three children were on their way home when they came upon a group of people standing by the road. As they approached they saw that a car had gone into the roadside canal and overturned, and that there was a person still in the car. Several people at the roadside were panicking and not sure what to do.

Yury and his 14-year-old son, Samuel, rushed to the overturned car. Yury pulled the door open and Samuel pulled the boy out.

It isn't known why the car was in the canal.

Homeless Veteran Saves Man From Burning Car

Homeless Army veteran Freddie was walking with his girlfriend when they saw a car crash on a highway overpass. As they got closer, the car started burning. Freddie ran to the car and pulled the driver out. Eric Lopez, the driver, told him to stop because the dashboard was on fire and he'd get burned, but Freddie and another passerby pried his hands off the steering wheel and pulled him out.

Eric's grandmother was tremendously grateful. "You're truly God's angel," she said. "I praise God that you were here because you saved my grandson, and that means everything to me."

Frat Brothers Pay Off Former House Cook's Mortgage

Phi Gamma Delta alumni realized their former cook, Jessie Hamilton, was working two jobs to pay off her home mortgage and decided to do something to help.

Jessie had worked for the fraternity from 1982 to 1996, and in that time had gotten to know a great many boys. A single mother of 3, she would begin her day at 4:00 a.m. to make it to campus and cook all the boys' meals. Besides that, she listened to them when they wanted to talk and helped them make it to doctor's appointments. They loved her and her cooking, and many had kept in touch, including Andrew Fusaiotti, now 52. When he checked on her during the pandemic, he discovered she was still, at age 73, working two jobs.

Speaking with her children, he found out she had 16 years to go on a 30-year mortgage and needed to pay off the $45,000 balance.

"Soon, Fusaiotti got his fraternity brothers on board and got 91 of them to donate an average of $560. The fraternity brothers surprised her with $51,765 in time for her 74th birthday in an April 3 celebration they called 'Jesse Hamilton Day,' the Advocate reported."

"They were my kids. They still are," Hamilton told the Washington Post. "They used to tell me they loved me, and now, they've proved it."

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