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‘He Sacrificed Himself’: Police Hold Funeral for Fallen SWAT K9 Killed in the Line of Duty

‘He Sacrificed Himself’: Police Hold Funeral for Fallen SWAT K9 Killed in the Line of Duty

BY LOUISE BEVAN Officers from across Gwinnett County, Georgia, showed up to pay their respects to a fallen hero after police SWAT K9 Blue was killed in the line of duty. The dog was caught in crossfire as his team apprehended an armed suspect. The first full-time SWAT K9 to join Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD), Blue lost his life […]

Celebrity BBQ Chef Supports Crews Fighting California Wildfires by Supplying Gourmet Meals

Celebrity BBQ Chef Supports Crews Fighting California Wildfires by Supplying Gourmet Meals

BY LOUISE BEVAN As firefighters strive to contain the wildfires scorching Northern California, celebrity chef Jim Modesitt has stepped up to support their efforts in the best way he knows how. In collaboration with the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Master BBQ Chef is distributing gourmet meals to first responders across the state. “They literally work their butts off,” Modesitt told CBS […]

New York Firefighters Set up 3,000-Flag Twin Tower Tribute to Honor Lives Lost in 9/11

New York Firefighters Set up 3,000-Flag Twin Tower Tribute to Honor Lives Lost in 9/11

BY LOUISE BEVAN New York’s Stanford Fire Department has arranged a patriotic tribute of nearly 3,000 small flags in honor of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Rows of red, white, and blue in conjunction with red fire fighter flags adorn the grounds outside Stanford Town Hall, and together they form the Twin Towers, which run […]

Test Run for 9/11 ‘Tribute in Light’ Illuminates Manhattan Skyline After Near-Cancellation

Test Run for 9/11 ‘Tribute in Light’ Illuminates Manhattan Skyline After Near-Cancellation

BY LOUISE BEVAN New York’s poignant “Tribute in Light” ceremony has undergone a test run one week before the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Twin blue beams illuminated the lower Manhattan skyline in a preview of the Sept. 11 memorial and was a comforting sight for many New Yorkers. The city had previously been informed that the 2020 tribute would be […]

Deployed Father and Son Get Promoted Together, Pin Each Other Their New US Army Ranks

Deployed Father and Son Get Promoted Together, Pin Each Other Their New US Army Ranks

BY LOUISE BEVAN A father and son who both serve in the U.S. Army have progressed in tandem since enlisting with the same battalion. They were recently deployed together, promoted together, and have pinned each other to their new ranks in a ceremony that was broadcast virtually to their nearest and dearest. Newly promoted Chief Warrant Officer 5 David D. Corbi […]

Woman, 73, Breaks American Flag Pole Fighting Off Intruder–So Police Buy Her a New One

Woman, 73, Breaks American Flag Pole Fighting Off Intruder–So Police Buy Her a New One

BY LOUISE BEVAN Utah police have rallied behind an elderly local after she and her family were attacked in their own home. When an intruder broke into her property, 73-year-old Lejune Timmerman grabbed her American flag and fought back using the flagpole, with Old Glory still attached. The flagstaff was broken in the midst of the melee. The break-in occurred on […]

‘Saving Lives Every Night’: Sheriff’s Deputy Makes 2,000th DUI Arrest in 16+ Year Career

‘Saving Lives Every Night’: Sheriff’s Deputy Makes 2,000th DUI Arrest in 16+ Year Career

BY LOUISE BEVAN Oregon-based Sheriff’s Deputy Jason McLaughlin hit a milestone in his career of keeping the roads safe on Aug. 21 when he arrested the 2,000th impaired driver of his 16-plus years of service. Preventing driving under the influence of intoxicants is a cause close to McLaughlin’s heart. His passion was bolstered by a friend who […]

Veteran Becomes First Double Amputee to Summit the Matterhorn After Losing Legs in Iraq

Veteran Becomes First Double Amputee to Summit the Matterhorn After Losing Legs in Iraq

BY LOUISE BEVAN A British veteran who lost both his legs while serving in Iraq is celebrating a massive personal victory. Neil Heritage, 39, became the first above-the-knee double amputee to scale the 14,692-foot-high Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps on his third earnest attempt. He climbed alongside 46-year-old Mark Hooks, a friend from his hometown of Poole in Dorset, […]

Photographer Takes ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Shot of Black Panther and Spotted Leopard Mate

Photographer Takes ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Shot of Black Panther and Spotted Leopard Mate

BY LOUISE BEVAN Combining immense creative skill, patience, and a stroke of luck, a photographer in southwestern India has captured a breathtaking feline phenomenon. A spotted leopard is “shadowed” by her black panther companion in a moment of incredible contrast and color. The shot, for 32-year-old wildlife photographer Mithun H., was a “once in a lifetime” win. Mithun, […]

Homeless Felon Turns Life Around, Earns Master’s Degree and Becomes Addiction Counselor

Homeless Felon Turns Life Around, Earns Master’s Degree and Becomes Addiction Counselor

BY LOUISE BEVAN Ronnie Delaune, a 46-year-old father of two from New Orleans, Louisiana, was once a homeless felon, running from the law. After hitting rock bottom, he decided the only way to move past the pain was to get sober. He then turned his attention to the people around him and changed his life completely. 46-year-old Ronnie […]

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