People and puppies who saved lives without capes

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Today is National Superhero Day, according to the Marvel Universe. But the everyday heroes covered by Newsweek don’t wear capes and don’t appear in Marvel movies.

National Superhero Day is trending after the Twitter page of Vought International, a fictional comic book series conglomerate The boysposted a picture of the Soldier Boy character in a WWII uniform. According to the fictional account, a 1945 executive order was written to make April 28 “Soldier Boy Day,” but the character humbly changed it to “National Superhero Day.”

In fact, the annual event was created by Marvel Comics employees in 1995 to celebrate real and fictional heroes.

Newsweek has covered all sorts of everyday heroes over the years, with many of their life-saving stunts captured on video, but only on the small screen.

According to the Marvel Universe, today is National Superhero Day. Over the years, Newsweek has covered all sorts of everyday heroes, with many of their life-saving maneuvers shared on video.
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In October 2021, dashcam footage captured a Florida Highway Patrol soldier rescuing a one-year-old girl. The toddler was choking and unresponsive on the side of I-95 when his parents flagged down Trooper Reginald Mathieu, who was nearby. He ran to the girl’s aid and repeatedly kicked her on the back until she regained consciousness.

A month earlier, five US Marines came to the aid of a woman whose vehicle got stuck in flood waters near the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The men were passing by after a funeral of Marines, where they rendered services as Marine Corps Body Bearers. With the physical strength required of their unit, they waded through knee-deep water in full uniform and collectively pushed Virginia Torres’ car out of the flood.

“It’s so cool. It’s the most American thing ever,” Torres said in his viral TikTok video of the rescue.

Humans aren’t the only everyday superheroes – dogs have also pulled off remarkable feats of saving lives. Mali, a British special forces dog, was awarded the animal equivalent of the British Victoria Cross in 2017. The Belgian Malinois helped soldiers clear a tower of Taliban militants in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Mali saved the lives of elite British troops when they attacked the compound to eliminate a Taliban suicide cell. He was seriously injured by shrapnel from grenade shells during the seven-hour mission, but played a vital role in alerting British soldiers to jihadist positions and ran into live fire as British teams and Afghan women were making their way through the building’s six buildings. stories.

Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who participated in the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011, is one of the most famous dogs to have served in the US military. During the raid, Cairo’s job was to clear buildings, detect bombs and booby traps, hold back crowds, and search for false walls or hidden doors where bin Laden might have been hiding.

Then-President Barack Obama requested to meet Cairo at the White House while hosting Navy SEAL Team 6, the first special missions unit that killed bin Laden.

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