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Everyday Heroes

They live among us. They’re the givers, the sharers, the good neighbors, the upstanding citizens – the people who take that added step, put in that extra effort to make their community, our community, a better place. Some attract public attention. Most, though, are noticed only by those closest to them and, perhaps, by those who benefit from their actions. But whether they serve as community activists, are committed to animal rescue, take on the role of socially conscious attorneys, or stand as students or teachers who think and act selflessly, they deserve recognition.

Rescuer sacrificed life to save family

Originally published May 15, 2013 For five months, Dave Apperson left his landscaping job early every Friday and drove to Harborview Medical Center to see his son.

Nigerian-born attorney gives back

Like most of the teens in his village, Nigerian-born Francis Adewale loved spending time with the American Peace Corps volunteers working there. “You know,” he says, “hanging out with Americans is cool in Africa.”

Courageous rescue puts horse, rider in spotlight

Originally published Sept. 18, 2011 In a cloud of dust, a 25-year-old wrangler likely saved a boy’s life near Glacier National Park while demonstrating that skill, quick-thinking and guts sometimes are the best weapons against a head-on charging grizzly.

Volunteer puts Second Harvest first

As a trained engineer, Chris Courtney knows the importance of research. So after his daughter finished high school, and the single father of two began to think about filling his extra time with volunteer work, he turned to the Internet. A 22-year employee of the Washington state Department of Transportation, Courtney had long donated to the department’s annual Christmas food drive. The main beneficiary was Second Harvest, the Spokane-based hunger-relief organization that in 2013 handed out more than 21 million pounds of food to some 250 charity groups.

Animals always have a home

It took a week for the bullet to start working its way out of Jack’s head. What’s unusual is that when Jack’s owner, Christie Hausman, found out what the problem was, she was relieved.

Hailing our local heroes

They live among us. They’re the givers, the sharers, the good neighbors, the upstanding citizens – the people who take that added step, put in that extra effort to make their community, our community, a better place. Some attract public attention. Most, though, are noticed only by those closest to them and, perhaps, by those who benefit from their actions. But whether they serve as community activists, are committed to animal rescue, take on the role of socially conscious attorneys, or stand as students or teachers who think and act selflessly, they deserve recognition.

Sustainability keeps goals on track

We’ve all met someone like Kelsey Crane. You know, the kind of person who radiates an infectious sense of energy and passion. “I’m like an undying optimist,” Crane says. “I never want to lose my idealism, and I never want to lose the concept that we are all inherently good. I like that. It helps me go to sleep at night.”

WWII veteran honored 70 years later

Originally published March 25, 2014 Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine received his medals.