It wasn’t all bad
João Augusto was about to walk into his apartment building in Brazil when he heard a bark high above him. Looking up, he saw that a neighbor’s shih tzu, Mel, had escaped onto a ninth-floor balcony and was about to slip through the railings. As Augusto shouted at the building’s caretaker to get a sheet to catch the dog, Mel tumbled over the edge. The dog plummeted 100 feet, but Augusto managed to cushion Mel’s fall with his body. Augusto was knocked to the ground; Mel scampered off unharmed. “It was a happy ending,” he says.
Walter Carr was determined to make a good impression on his first day of work. So when the college student’s car broke down the day before he was due to start with moving company Bellhops, the Alabamian decided he’d walk the 20 miles to his new job. He set out at midnight and had trekked 14 miles before police stopped him by the side of the road. Amazed by his story, the officers took him to breakfast and gave him a ride the rest of the way. Wowed by his work ethic, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin thanked Carr by gifting him his personal Ford Escape. “I am honestly blown away by him,” Marklin says.
Four people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. Vickie Davis’ son, Michael, could have been among the dead. But minutes before the attack, waitress Virginia Stanley asked him to switch seats so he wouldn’t get wet as she washed dishes. Michael was further away when the gunman walked in, likely saving his life. To say thank-you, Davis contacted a bridal store that offers free wedding dresses to vets and asked if it could donate a dress to Stanley for her upcoming wedding. The store agreed, and the two went for a fitting this month. It was, Davis says, “very emotional.” ■