It wasn’t all bad
James Shaw Jr. keeps proving he’s a man of action. The 29-year-old was eating at a Nashville Waffle House when a gunman opened fire in the restaurant, killing four diners and wounding four others. Grazed by a bullet, Shaw rushed the shooter as he was reloading, grabbed the hot rifle barrel, and disarmed the killer, saving many lives. Shaw’s good deeds didn’t end there. After being released from the hospital, he launched an online crowdfunding campaign, with the goal of raising $15,000 for the victims’ families. So far, he’s raised more than $215,000. “I’m not a hero,” Shaw says. “I think anybody could’ve done what I did.”
A Texas family who rescued a dog from an animal shelter last fall is now thanking the animal for rescuing them. Mom-of-two Laura Smith was fast asleep when her pointer-terrier Chrome woke her up at 1 a.m. Smith first thought that Chrome simply needed to go outside to the bathroom. But when she followed him out of her bedroom, she realized that the house was on fire. Their home was destroyed, but Smith, her kids, and Chrome escaped the blaze unharmed. “He’s definitely my hero,” says Smith. “He’s a good dog.”
The day after floods and mudslides wrecked dozens of homes on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, Gregg Fraser arrived at his restaurant to find some 40 desperate people lined up outside. Some were homeless, others were tourists who’d seen their tents washed away. Fraser made them breakfast at his Opakapaka Grill and Bar, and hasn’t closed the doors since, cooking up to 700 free meals a day for residents, first responders, and volunteers. “I’ve got people that I’ve just met this week that are in my restaurant washing dishes, sweeping floors, and cooking food,” says Fraser. “Its an amazing thing to be a part of.”
On the cover: Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Illustration by Howard McWilliam.
Cover photos from AP, (C/NOFS)/NASA, Getty