How about a thread where we talk about every day heroes - civilians who had put their lives on the line because of a sense of duty or 'greater love hath no person than…"
Please no mockers in this thread who would joke about people’s sacrifices, or willingness to sacrifice themselves…
I’m just now reading up on the St. Francis dam disaster of 1928.
The dam gave way and a 100-foot high wall of water started engulfing towns down below.
At least 2 women phone operators, who were in offices in the path of the wall of water, stayed at their posts, not knowing how high the water would be when it got to them, and called everyone in lower lying towns warning them to leave.
(There’s not a lot of info on the two women but at least one author stated that they were in the water’s path and wouldn’t know how high it would be when it reached them.)
Then there were two motorcycle cops who also warned people. Not civilians so technically they should be in a different thread rather than one about civilian heroes but I’ll mention them anyway. Thornton Edwards and Stanley Baker criss-crossed one of the towns in the path on their motorcyles, sirens blaring, warning everyone who came out of their houses to warn others and then leave themselves. Edwards was finally engulfed but only by a wave about 3 feet high and managed to survive. The two motorcycle cops are credited with saving thousands of lives.