It wasn’t all bad
▪ A group of grocery store employees teamed up for a very special delivery over the holidays— helping a customer give birth when she unexpectedly went into labor at their Fresno, Calif., shop. After hearing the customer cry out in pain, two workers got down on the floor with the pregnant woman to help deliver her child. The butcher caught the baby in his apron, while store owner Issamar Sepulveda cut the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck. “It happened in like seconds,” says Sepulveda. “It was teamwork.”
▪ Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have been best friends for six decades; now, they’ve discovered they’re actually brothers. Born in Honolulu 15 months apart, the pair grew up fishing and playing high school football together, and bonded over their difficult family histories: Robinson, 72, was adopted, while Macfarlane, 74, never knew his biological father. The pair shared striking physical similarities, but never suspected they were related. So when Macfarlane recently took a DNA test, he was astonished to find the strongest genetic match was with “Robi737”—the name of Robinson’s account. The old friends were elated. “This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine,” says Robinson.
▪ When an 8-year-old boy fell into a frozen pond, a Utah police officer dived right in to save him. Sgt. Aaron Thompson was the first to arrive on the scene after the unnamed boy plunged into the freezing water. A trained rescue diver, Thompson wasted no time in using his body weight to break through the ice. Once in, he waded in frigid water up to his neck until he felt the boy and pulled him out. Thompson says he didn’t think twice. “I just made the decision that I was going to go get him.” The boy spent several days recovering in the hospital and is now back home.