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January 31, 2013

Editorial: There are heroes among us

Two Good Samaritans made headlines over the weekend when they pulled a Londonderry man from his wrecked vehicle before it burned. They also pulled the man’s dog to safety.

It’s humbling to consider people risking their own lives to try to save that of a stranger, but that’s just what happened.

But they’re not the only local heroes.

Consider the story of Brady Barron, a 16-year-old Methuen High hockey player whose wrist was sliced by an opposing player’s skate, severing an artery. He might have bled death but for the quick reaction of athletic trainer and critical care nurse Janielle Matin, who knew immediately that something was wrong and rushed to Barron’s aid — even before the refs blew the whistle to stop the action.

Or head to Hampton Beach this weekend and watch a number local residents race into the frigid Atlantic during the annual Penguin Plunge, all to support the state’s Special Olympics programs.

While we often report on wrongdoing and wrongdoers, we also try to write about the many selfless people whose acts of bravery or efforts to making the world better for the greater community should not be ignored. Take the time to honor them by reading their stories.

Heroes still walk among us, and that’s invaluable.

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