It wasn’t all bad
■ New police recruit Richard Mayer had an impressive first day on the job. The Hobart, Ind., officer was having lunch with his colleagues at a local Chick-fil-A hours into his opening shift when Melanie Hasse rushed over for help. Her 15-month-old daughter, Charlotte, was choking on a piece of apple and turning purple. Mayer sprung into action, performing baby Heimlich backslaps until the food was dislodged. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this was his first day,” said Hasse. “I think he was meant to be somebody who protects.”
■ A New York couple became engaged and had their wedding on the same day. Danny Rios, 33, spent five months organizing a secret engagement party turned wedding for girlfriend Nicole Carfagna, 32, who suffers from lupus, after realizing that the stress of planning their big day would exacerbate her condition. When everything was in place, Rios surprised Carfagna by proposing to her in their backyard, surrounded by loved ones who’d flown in from across the country. He then asked her to marry him right away. The pair changed into a tux and gown and were married in a big tent in their garden. “Everything was perfect,” said Carfagna. “I felt so loved.”
■ With one tweet, Jackie Garza saved her family’s bakery. The Houston teenager was heartbroken after her father, Trinidad Garza, confessed that sales at La Casa Bakery and Café had slowed after Hurricane Harvey, and that he might need to shutter the business for good. Taking matters into her own hands, Jackie tweeted a video of her father hand-making Mexican pastries like pan dulce, along with a call for support. Within days, customers from all over Texas were pouring in, causing Trinidad—who had never even heard of Twitter—to almost run out of bread. “I’ve had messages from Japan, Australia, Europe,” said a flabbergasted Jackie.