Chris Mintz stepped in to help others in the UCC shooting and was shot 7 times as a result
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In the wake of national tragedies like yesterday's school shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College that left at least 10 dead and seven injured, it's easy to just remember the villain. But heroes were there as well.

One of which was army veteran 30-year-old Chris Mintz, who authorities are saying saved many lives that day. He was shot seven times as a result, but he survived and is currently in stable condition.

His family said that he blocked doors to keep the shooter from getting close to other students. Other outlets claim that he rushed at the shooter to protect the ones around him.

NBC News gives some background on Mintz:

Chris Mintz "tried to protect some people," his aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News in a telephone interview. "We were told he did heroic things to protect some people."

She said that Mintz was shot seven times and had been in surgery since the shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.

Originally from Randleman, North Carolina, Mintz served about 10 years in the Army. He had just started college, Brown said. He was shot in the back, abdomen and hands, and had two broken legs, she added.

"We're not sure how his legs got broken," she said. "He was on the wrestling team and and he's done cage-fighting so it does not surprise me that he would act heroically."

That's him smiling after having seven bullets removed. Goals.

On top of everything else, the shooting occurred on the sixth birthday of Mintz's son.

Luckily, the little boy still has a father to raise him. And a hero to boot.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Mintz and his family on this long and costly recovery.

Via: Josh Bo
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Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a driver who was choking.

It all unfolded around 11:20 a.m. Saturday August 9, when Officer Gates pulled a woman over for a red light violation in the 4100 block of S. Burdick Street. As the officer approached the car, he found the driver in respiratory distress.

Dash cam video from the incident shows Officer Gates asking the woman if she was okay, and when he realizes she's in trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that doesn't work, you can see ,Gates quickly pull the woman from the car and administer the Heimlich maneuver.

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Last Tuesday John Vescio stopped at a Mobil station to gas up his unmarked state police car.

"I was standing there at the pump and the only thing I remember hearing was a speeding car; somebody that was entering into the gas station at a higher rate of speed than normal," he said.

In the blink of an eye, Vescio went from off-duty cop to fast-acting hero.

Video from a security camera captured the incident as it unfolded.

A 69-year-old man apparently blacked out and slammed into the gas pump and the cars that were parked there.

As flames spread, others ran away, but Vescio ran toward the driver.

"You could see the way his legs were tucked under by the seat," Vescio said. "His seatbelt was on. He was pretty much helpless."

Vescio worked to free him and ultimately dragged him away by his wrists.

While others are calling him a hero, Vescio said, "I just feel like me."

He's since visited with the unidentified man, whom he saved. He said the man's family is grateful, knowing it could have ended a lot worse.
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