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They were already a tight-knit group, and now seven firefighters with the Glenpool Fire Department in Oklahoma have something else to bond over — over the last year, they've all become fathers.

On Sunday, they decided to take a big fire family photo, and while it took a lot of effort to wrangle all the babies, their parents were happy with the results — in one photo, the babies — five girls and two boys — sat on their dads' jackets, and in another, they rested in their arms. "We're a really close group so we were glad we took the time to capture the babies with their daddies," mom Melanie Todd told CBS News. "Now we just look forward to seeing them all grow up together."

Firefighter Mick Whitney said his colleagues and their spouses are all friends, and it feels fitting to go through parenthood together. "It's a little different in our group," he said. "We go out fishing, hanging out. It's a unique dynamic." Catherine Garcia

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Korryn Bachner couldn't go to the prom, so the prom came to her.

The 15-year-old from Illinois was burned in April in a backyard fire pit explosion, which injured several teenagers. Bachner's face and hands were badly burned, and while she was able to leave the hospital to recover at home, she wasn't going to be able to attend prom with her friends.

To surprise her, Bachner's prom date came over to her house and decorated the basement, and all of their friends came together for a mini-prom. "There were tears," her dad, Bob Bachner, told WLS-TV. Doctors say it will take several months, but they expect a full recovery. "Having all my friends support, it helps a lot," Bachner said. "It takes my mind off things." Catherine Garcia

May 22, 2018
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When she was 19, Pauline Clayton helped embroider the 15-foot-train on Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress, and now, at 89, she's linked to another royal union.

Flowers from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on Saturday were donated to different charities and hospitals. A bouquet was sent to St. Joseph's Hospice in Hackney, where Clayton currently resides. "With my royal connections it's such a lovely coincidence to be at St. Joseph's and receive those wedding flowers," she said. "They are beautiful and very special."

In 1947, Clayton was working for Norman Hartnell, the designer behind Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown. Along with three other women, she embroidered the train, and earned "49-and-a-half hours overtime," she said. Clayton worked for Hartnell for several years, and went on to make other outfits for the royal family, including dresses for the Queen Mother. Catherine Garcia

May 22, 2018
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While helping his son apply to colleges, Freddie Sherrill, 65, heard something that surprised him: You should go to school, too.

As a child in North Carolina, Sherrill had difficulty learning to read and write, and he started to act out. He began skipping school at 8, and while hanging out with teenagers, he tried wine for the first time. Sherrill told The Washington Post that he was a shy child, and he finally "felt like I fit in." He then broke into houses and stole purses, and became addicted to drugs and alcohol.

After several stints in prison and rehab, Sherrill was "tired of hurting everybody around me," he says, and in 1988 he stopped drinking and doing drugs. Sherrill slowly rebuilt his life — he repaired his relationships with his wife and children, took literacy classes so he could learn how to read and write, and eventually, after eight years, he earned an associate's degree. "I spent a lot of time taking chances doing negative things," he said. "It was time for me to start taking chances doing positive things."

When it came time for his son to go to college, he helped him with his paperwork, and the staff at Queens University of Charlotte told Sherrill that he should also consider applying. His son ultimately enrolled at North Carolina A&T University, and Sherrill came up with a challenge: whoever got the best GPA at the end of each semester would give the other $100. His son graduated and is now a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch, and Sherrill, after seven years, received his degree in human service studies earlier this month. "I started a lot of things in my life I didn't finish," he told the Post. "College wasn't going to be one of them." Catherine Garcia

May 17, 2018
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In Australia, James Harrison is known as "the man with the golden arm." Every few weeks for the past six decades, he has overcome his strong dislike of needles and given blood — saving the lives of more than 2.4 million Australian babies in the process. Harrison's exceptionally rare blood type contains antibodies that are used to make Anti-D, a medicine given to mothers whose blood is at risk of attacking their unborn babies. Last week, the 81-year-old gave his last donation, having reached the maximum age allowed for donors in Australia. "It was sad," Harrison said, "because I felt like I could keep going." Christina Colizza

May 16, 2018
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Wilma Bray just might have the best neighbor in all of Jackson, Tennessee.

Every day, rain or shine, Bray's neighbor, 7-year-old Caleb, stops by her house to make sure everything's okay. Bray, 78, has been fighting breast and lung cancer for the last two years, and she's undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Her granddaughter, Darrien Middleton, says Caleb visits Bray "four or five times a day," and told her it's so he can "check on her, to make sure she wakes up from all of her naps."

Caleb, who lives next door with his own grandmother, "is a wonderful kid," Middleton told Yahoo. "Most kids running around at that age aren't visiting a 78-year-old woman." Bray is "obsessed" with Caleb, who enjoys school, dancing, and making people laugh," Middleton added. "She treats him like her grandson." Catherine Garcia

May 15, 2018
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For more than 40 years, Godwin McNeal has delivered passengers safely to their destinations across Cleveland, going 1.2 million miles without a preventable accident.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority wants drivers to have less than 14 preventable accidents per 1 million miles, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. McNeal came to Cleveland in 1973, and while he was working at a factory, a friend suggested he become a bus driver. Back then, there was no power steering and "you had to stand up to turn," he said. "Everyone needed muscles."

McNeal told the Plain Dealer that his job allows him to "soak up the sunshine" and "see the seasons," and he enjoys meeting passengers, especially tourists, because "you can travel into their country just by listening." He's had a few unavoidable accidents, but has been lauded for his safety record, receiving awards and even being asked to throw out the first pitch at an Indians game. The father of four plans on retiring in 2020, and he hopes to spend his days volunteering as a youth sports coach. Catherine Garcia

May 14, 2018
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When Xia Boyu reached the top of Mount Everest on Monday, it was the culmination of a journey that began decades ago.

The Chinese climber was in his mid-20s when he first tried to scale Mount Everest more than 40 years ago, but before he could make it to the top, he was stopped by bad weather. He lost his feet to frostbite, and about 20 years ago, he lost his legs beneath the knee to lymphoma, NPR reports.

Despite the setbacks, Xia said he never gave up on his dream to summit Mount Everest. He tried three more times, unsuccessfully — in 2014 and 2015, the climbing seasons were canceled, and in 2016, he was almost to the top but had to turn back because of bad weather. Nepal's high court recently struck down the government's move to ban double amputees from climbing mountains inside the country unless they had written permission from a doctor, and Xia said he was once again spurred to try to scale Everest. "Climbing Mount Everest is my dream," he told Agence France-Presse before heading back last month. "I have to realize it. It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate."

Xia reached the top early Monday morning with a team of climbers and Sherpas, becoming at least the second double amputee to summit Everest, after Mark Inglis of New Zealand, who set the record in 2006. Catherine Garcia

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