When the deputy overseeing their work detail passed out last week, six Georgia inmates rushed to save his life, performing CPR and calling 911 from his phone.
They were outside doing lawn maintenance at a cemetery in hot weather — it was 76 degrees with 100 percent humidity — when the officer, who asked not to be identified, collapsed. The inmates immediately opened his shirt and took off his bulletproof vest, then began CPR. "When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," inmate Greg Williams told WXIA. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him."
The officer was unconscious for about a minute, and then started breathing again. "They really stepped up in a time of crisis and show that they care about my officers," Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats told WXIA. "That really speaks a lot about my officers, too, how they treat these inmates. They treat them like people. Like family." To show their appreciation, the officer's family later treated the inmates to lunch and dessert. Catherine Garcia
Los Angeles County has an estimated 58,000 homeless people, and it's believed that 20 percent have a pet of some kind. Due to the cost, many of those dogs, cats, and other animals have never seen a vet before, but on Wednesday, a group of volunteer veterinarians and technicians set up a pop-up clinic at the Frank Rice Access Center in downtown Los Angeles and offered their services free of charge.
"It's amazing to see," one volunteer told ABC 7. "You know, a lot of these people would rather feed their dogs than feed themselves. And it's really sad but at the same time amazing. And I feel like half of these people are alive because of their animals."
Edward Irvine came to the clinic with his dogs Apollo, Cherry, and Precious, and told ABC 7 he couldn't imagine life without them. "They keep you calm," he said. "You have responsibilities, you know they're around, they know when you're feeling sad. It's just wonderful support. You know they love me no matter what." Catherine Garcia
Like every superhero, Christian Clark has two identities — sometimes he's a 9-year-old third grader, and then in an instant, he's transformed into Super Black.
Last week, the Chicago resident put on his mask and cape and saved the day, with the help of Make a Wish Illinois. Clark was born with a life-threatening congenital heart problem, and has had to undergo several open heart surgeries. His wish was to be a superhero for the day, and the city delivered; the Chicago Police Department drove him in a motorcade to different places around town, where he defeated such villains as Bane and Mr. Freeze. People watched the young crimefighter from apartment buildings, restaurants, and rooftops, and cheered him on. It was a special moment, Clark's mother said, because "some nights, I didn't think he would make it this far, and that's why it's so important," she told CBS Chicago. Catherine Garcia
With their latest gift of $32 million to Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, Richard and Melanie Lundquist have given more than $100 million total over the last several years.
"It's just a fabulous organization that we're pleased to be a little part of," Richard Lundquist told ABC Los Angeles. The philanthropists believe in the strength of community hospitals and their ability to provide excellent care to local residents. Through this latest donation, two new institutes will be created — one for orthopedics, the other for neuroscience. "It's really important that people across the country recognize if you live in the wrong ZIP code, you might be DOA," Melanie Lundquist said.
Melanie Lundquist served as a volunteer at the hospital in the 1980s, and after having this behind-the-scenes look, was inspired to give back in a different way. In a statement, the hospital, founded in 1925, said that $100 million is the largest known contribution from one donor to a non-teaching/non-research hospital in the United States. Catherine Garcia
A German Shepherd puppy that got kicked out of the police dog academy in Queensland, Australia, has found his dream job. The dog, named Gavel, was dropped from the 16-month program after just six weeks because his handlers deemed him "too friendly" to serve on the front line.
Queensland Gov. Paul de Jersey swooped in to re-assign Gavel, and the pooch now has the fancy title of Vice-Regal Dog and is living at "one of Brisbane's most prestigious addresses," BBC News reported.
Gavel is tasked with welcoming visitors to the governor's official residence and helping to entertain guests. "He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change (his official title is now Gavel VRD, 'Vice-Regal Dog'), and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs. de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate," de Jersey's office said. Becca Stanek
For the parents of babies leaving the neonatal intensive care unit, being able to take their newborns home is a momentous occasion, and a nurse in North Carolina is going out of her way to make patients feel special on the big day.
Melissa Jordan, a neonatal nurse at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, first got the idea to celebrate discharges after a baby named Wyatt, born at 29 weeks, went home in a onesie that said "NICU grad." Jordan made him a graduation hat out of cardboard, and asked a photographer if she would come to the hospital to take Wyatt's photo before he left. "I wanted to make it special for them because it had been a long time," she said. The nurses sang and danced for Wyatt, and it was the start of a tradition.
Over the last six months, every baby that was born at least six weeks premature is given a graduation ceremony on their discharge day. Now, their hats are made of foam paper that say how many days they spent in the NICU, and parents still receive their photo, free of charge. So far, there have been 14 graduates, including three sets of twins. "You're happy, but you're sad at the same time because you get so close to the babies and families," Jordan told Inside Edition. "It's a huge deal for the babies to be able to go home. It's exciting to be able to give them this graduation hat." Catherine Garcia
A Los Angeles neighborhood is now more pedestrian-friendly, due to the efforts of Girl Scout Gwendolyn Rudd.
It took two years, but after pushing her neighborhood council in Jefferson Park to work with City Hall, a lighted crosswalk was installed in a busy section of Jefferson Boulevard and Third Avenue. Rudd told ABC 7 when she was younger, she was "really scared" to cross there, and her mother used to have to dart out and stop traffic. Now, a new generation of kids won't have to have the same concerns.
"One of our core responsibilities at the school is the child's safety," Elizabeth Garcia, an employer at a neighborhood day care, told ABC 7. "And this is a major part of their safety while they play. So we are extremely happy and grateful to witness this." Catherine Garcia
This summer won't be a sweltering one for Julius Hatley, 95, who received a new air conditioner from two Fort Worth police officers and employees at a local Home Depot.
Last week, Hatley called 911 for an emergency — his central air conditioning and window unit were both broken, and he felt overheated. When officers William Margolis and Christopher Weir arrived at his home, they discovered it was about 90 degrees inside, and it was only 8:30 a.m. They didn't know how to fix the window unit, so they went to the Home Depot for a new one, and while there, they shared Hatley's story. Several employees donated $150 to the cause, and the officers went back and installed the unit for a grateful Hatley.
"He said he knew if he needed help to call 911 and we actually were able to help him," Margolis told CBS News. "So, he was really excited about it." Weir's wife shared the story on Facebook, and a company came forward and said they would fix Hatley's central air conditioning for free; others offered to replace his windows, paint his house, and make sure he has groceries every week. Margolis said he plans on keeping in touch with Hatley, and will stop by occasionally. "He's 95 years old and he's a World War II veteran," he said. "He's a hero. In our eyes, he's our hero." Catherine Garcia