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WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.

The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.

The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety. 

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"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.

An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.

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He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said. 

One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.

“Jumping out of the building. Jumping out of their balconies. Someone said they threw their baby outside and fireman caught the baby,” they said.

Good Samaritan riding Chicago train gives snow boots to homeless man

Giving someone the shirt off your back is a time-worn phrase that means performing an act of kindness to help someone.

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A Chicago man helped a homeless man by giving him the snow boots off his feet, WLS reported.

Jessica Bell posted the good Samaritan act on Facebook. She said she was riding a train home last week when she saw Maurice Anderson take off his expensive snow boots and give them to a homeless man.

The homeless man, Bell wrote on Facebook, was “older, weathered, minding his own business.”

“His feet are so swollen he's wearing the tattered gym shoes he has with the back folded down, like slip-ons,” Bell wrote. “I don't know how many pairs of socks he's wearing in an attempt to keep his feet warm but there is blood seeping through.”

The homeless man said his feet might have been frostbitten, Anderson told WLS.

“I asked him what size shoe did he wear. He was like, ‘A 12.’ I myself was a 12, so I said ‘Here you go,’” Anderson told WLS.

Anderson handed the homeless man his black snow boots and a pair of socks. Anderson, who currently works as a service technician in Kentucky, had a spare pair of boots in his suitcase, which he put on, WLS reported.

“This is not what you see on the train every day, it was amazing,” Bell told WLS.

Bell snapped a few photos of the boots changing feet and posted them on social media.

“It was a really selfless and quiet act, no fanfare,” Bell told WLS. “It just happened.”

“He's already in distress, he's out in the cold, riding the train,” Anderson told WLS. “If I'm not reaching out to help someone, I can't say anything.”

Man finds daughter after putting her up for adoption nearly 40 years ago

Jerry Miller’s daughter was taken from him shortly after she was born in 1978 in Covington, Kentucky. 

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At that time, he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and his chances of recovery were slim, according to WAVE

His wife was 17 years old the newborn would be too much to take care of, so she was given up for adoption.

Over the years, Miller remarried. He had three children and moved to Hanover, Indiana, according to WAVE

But he never forgot about the baby he held for 30 minutes that day nearly 40 years ago. He tried to find her, using private detectives. His last hope was social media.

"Please everyone share this,” his daughter wrote in a post that has since been made private on Facebook. “My dad is looking for a daughter that was adopted while he was very ill and was unable to gain custody in 1978.”

The post went viral, and media groups also shared the story.

"If she doesn't see it, I'll probably go to my grave regretting it,” Miller told WAVE. "Wondering if she's dead or alive. If somebody is taking care of her the right way.”

Miller stopped wondering Sunday, when they reconnected. 

WATCH: Formerly homeless boy cries tears of joy when he sees his own bed

A formerly homeless boy was moved to tears when he was surprised with his very own bed to sleep in.

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Eight-year-old Daeyrs of Detroit has been living in shelters with his mom, Dionna, for most of his life. They have been homeless since she lost her job as a nurse.

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According to “Inside Edition,” the family was finally granted state housing but couldn’t afford to furnish the home. Daeyrs had been sleeping on only blankets until the family got the help they needed.

Nonprofit organization Humble Design stepped in to make the house a home for the family.

“When we visited them earlier this week they just had an air mattress on the ground and a few camp chairs,” the organization wrote on Facebook.

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Video shared to the group’s Facebook page shows Daeyrs touring the house with his mom for the first time. When it came time to tour his room, the designers told Daeyrs to close his eyes.

When he opened them, he saw a completely furnished room, complete with "Star Wars" posters, a desk, and most importantly, his very own bed.

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He immediately broke down in tears.

“Seeing how much having a bed and his own room meant to Daeyrs, it really made me realize what’s important in life and grateful for everything I have,” Humble Design founder Tregar Strasberg told “Inside Edition.”

Florida students translate message in bottle from German kindergartners

High school media specialist David Richards was walking on the beach in northeast Florida with his father when they found a bottle in the sand.

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“We were looking at it and we're like, ‘Whoa.’ We saw the cork was still in and the barnacles and we saw the message and said, ‘This is really rad,’” Richards said.

The message was written in German, so he brought it to Ponte Vedra High School's German Club so they could help him translate it.

“It took kind of long because we had to look through to try to read it,” student Sydney Vitti said.

“We were able to make out the name of the kindergarten,” student Jennifer Balestra said.

“It comes from a kindergarten school in Germany, (a) small town (called) Altenkirchen,” Richards said.

German Club sponsor Christina Waugh speaks fluent German and was able to help the students read the message.

“They had read a book about a message in a bottle so they all decided to do it,” Waugh said.

Waugh was able to make contact with the school's leaders in Germany.

“She couldn’t believe someone had found the bottle three and a half years later and it didn’t break in the ocean,” Waugh said.

Shortly after the phone call, the school in Germany sent them pictures and a letter.

“We’re still all so surprised that our bottle was found so far away,” Waugh said.

The students said it’s an experience they’ll always remember.

The students want to keep in contact with the school so they're sending a care package and writing letters to the students there.

Cancer survivor starts nursing career at hospital that treated her 

A Texas woman who beat cancer is back in the hospital. Only this time, she’s working there.

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Ashley Moore was a first-grade teacher who had Stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, KXAS reported. She quit teaching while being treated at Medical City Plano. Two weeks after being discharged, she enrolled at Collin College in McKinney to take nursing courses.

"I had contact with these nurses for a reason, and I just I had to follow that," Moore told KXAS.

On Thursday, Moore returned to Medical City Plano to begin her first day as a unit clerk.

"I want to make a difference in people's lives, and to know that I have inspired someone in such a way for her to change her career path and want to be a nurse now, and to come here and want to work with us, I mean, I think it's just awesome,” Amanda Lewis, a registered nurse at Medical City Plano, told KXAS.

Moore said she was “excited” about her new job.

"I'm excited about being able to be on the other side of it and being able to say, ‘Hey, I've been here. I've been in this room, and I felt a lot of love in this room. I hope you do, too,’” Moore told KXAS.

Watch: Pistons’ Boban Marjanovic gets down with ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic showed off some of his dance moves with teammate Tobias Harris in an Instagram post, grooving to Webstar’s “Chicken Noodle Soup.”

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At 7-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Marjanovic knows how to clear it out when guarding the basket. The native of Serbia also displayed some nimble footwork and flexibility as he danced to the rap song.

Naturally, he finished off the dance with a soda on the side.

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Massachusetts firemen deliver baby boy

Three Massachusetts firemen helped deliver a baby boy Thursday afternoon, Newburyport Fire Department Chief Christopher LeClaire announced Friday. 

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Humphrey Matombo, of Haverhill, pulled into Fire Station 2 and asked firefighters for help, saying his wife was in labor. 

Firefighters realized the family wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time, as the baby’s head was already crowning. Firefighters Robert Morse, John Stomboly and Joshua Mesina delivered the baby boy. 

Paramedics Mike Gallant, Bob Piepiora and Keith Gauvreau and EMT Chris Slavit, of Atlantic Ambulance Service, took the mother and her baby boy to Anna Jaques Hospital.

“This was the first time any of these three firefighters have delivered a baby while on duty at the fire department,” LeClaire said. “This was truly outstanding work by our guys and something I’m sure they will always remember.”

Mother Memory Chihwayi and baby Jayden were doing well in the hospital Friday afternoon and are both healthy. Jayden Matombo was born weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Watch: Grandma baffled by 'bun in the oven' pregnancy announcement

According to the “Dictionary of American Slang,” a bun in the oven means that a woman is pregnant.

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A Louisiana grandmother was not familiar with the phrase, and it made for a hilarious back-and-forth dialogue between herself, her son and daughter-in-law.

Shantelle Dozier wrote in a Facebook post that “after 11 years of infertility,” she learned that she would be having a baby. She and her husband Wesley wanted to surprise Cynthia Dozier, already a grandmother of 11, so the couple put a hot dog bun in the oven, ABC News reported.

As a family member took video, Cynthia Dozier seemed puzzled.

“A bun’s in the oven," she said. “Who put a bun in the oven?”

After some laughter, Cynthia Dozier asked her son if he had put the bun in the oven.

“Maybe not that oven,” Wesley Dozier said.

Finally, Cynthia gets it. “Are y’all pregnant?” she asks before hugging her son.

“It actually played out exactly like we thought it would," Shantelle Dozier told ABC News. "We knew she wasn’t going to get it right away.”

Shantelle and Wesley Dozier got another surprise recently, as they found out they would be having twins.

“The funny thing is when (Cynthia) grabbed the bun out of the oven, it broke in half,” Shantelle Dozier told ABC News. “That was our first sign.”

As for Cynthia Dozier, she managed to have a good sense of humor about the announcement, as her Facebook post shows:

22 Minnesota courthouse workers split $250,000 Powerball jackpot

Some workers at a Minnesota courthouse were out of order Thursday morning, but nobody was held in contempt. They were too busy celebrating.

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A group of 22 workers at the St. Louis County Courthouse were celebrating after learning they would split a $250,000 Powerball jackpot, The Duluth News Tribune reported.

“I was upstairs in my office and I could hear these guys hollering downstairs,” facilities manager Angie Baumchen said.

The winning Powerball numbers Wednesday were 7-24-33-49-50, and the Powerball was 4. The courthouse crew matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball. Normally that would be worth $50,000, but since the players added the Power Play multiplier, the jackpot was multiplied by five, the News Tribune reported.

After some figuring, group members believe they will clear $7,500 apiece after taxes.

Head janitor Grant Ellis bought the ticket Wednesday in Hibbing at a convenience store across the street from the courthouse.

The winners work in several departments at the courthouse and the annex. They began buying lottery tickets as a group 15 years ago, and the most they had won previously was $44, the News Tribune reported.

Group members said they would take a bus on Jan. 19 to the Minnesota State Lottery office, to file the paperwork and claim the prize as a group, the News Tribune reported.

Florida teacher donates kidney to student’s mother

Donna Hoagland wasn’t even supposed to be Troy Volk’s fourth-grade teacher -- she was just filling in while his regular teacher was on maternity leave -- but the two are forever linked, now that she gave a kidney that’s keeping his mother alive.

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Hoagland knew enough to ask what was wrong when the young math fanatic was too distracted to answer basic questions in his Florida elementary school class.

His answer sometimes came through tears. His mom was sick. He didn’t know if she was going to get better.

“A lot of days, he looked like the weight of the world was on his shoulders,” Hoagland said.

She did what teachers do and asked Troy’s mom Anahita to come in for a conference. But Hoagland was who walked away with homework, researching kidney donations, something she’d considered for a friend.

Volk promised to share some reading material, thinking Volk’s friend was lucky. It turns out, however, that the friend was too sick to be a candidate and unbeknownst to Volk, the teacher had another idea.

Whenever Troy kept asking his mom “What if you don’t get a kidney?” she’d assure him she’d live to see him grow up, go to college, become a CEO and get married. She’s been “sick mommy” for nearly half of Troy’s life.

As much as Volk tried to shield Troy and his younger brother Armaan from her condition, downplay its severity, she couldn’t.

She was hooked up to a dialysis machine every night. She couldn’t cuddle with her boys to watch a movie or for a bedtime story. She couldn’t jump into the pool with them. And in the morning, she’d wake up, retching in the bathroom before school.

“It breaks your heart that you’re the one who is supposed to be taking care of them and they’re the ones taking care of you,” Volk said.

Symptoms of her illness began late in her pregnancy with Troy, but doctors weren’t able to identify a cause. She was sluggish, but they brushed it off as anemia.

Her pregnancy with Troy’s brother tipped doctors off to the kidney disease. Her obstetrician told her she should end the pregnancy and predicted she’d never be able to have more children. She and her husband Joseph insisted — after a second opinion from her kidney doctor — that their second son would be born.

By the time Armaan was a year old, she was in the final stages of kidney failure -- and not one of her large extended family members was a match, not even her sister.

Volk is amazed to get a kidney within a few years of her diagnosis, knowing that people have died on a waiting list.

Volk said she was merely joking when she asked Hoagland at a parent-teacher conference last December if she wanted to give her a kidney. The mom sent Hoagland information, thinking she’d use it to research how to donate to her high school friend fighting cancer.

It turns out he is still too sick for a transplant. Hoagland’s kidney was destined for Volk. After spring break, Hoagland told Volk she wanted to be tested as a match.

“I was flabbergasted. I was like ‘No, are you serious?! I was in total disbelief,” Volk said.

They were compatible. Volk was at Troy’s boxing club in September when his teacher called her with the good news.

“I just fell to the ground and started crying in the middle of the parking lot,” Volk said.

Troy, now 10, was stunned.

“We all went crazy about it. Finding out it was my teacher — shocking. It was shocking. I was blown away,” Troy said.

He says he’s looking forward to waging Super Soaker battles and jumping into the pool with his mom again.

Not wanting to disrupt her students’ lives, Hoagland scheduled the surgery for the winter break. Doctors at University of Florida Health’s Shands Hospital in Gainesville removed Hoagland’s kidney and hooked it up in Volk days before Christmas.

The new kidney started working almost immediately, Volk said. She has more energy than ever before and can’t sleep at night if she doesn’t walk at least two miles a day, she said.

Her doctor told her Thursday that her one kidney is working as well as his two. She tells Hoagland “I got your super kidney.”

The story was featured on Steve Hartman’s “On the Road” segment for CBS Evening News Jan. 5. Hoagland said she’s happy to have done something to make her 21-year-old daughter and 18-year-old twins proud, but she seems unfazed by the attention.

“Three weeks out of my life to sacrifice, to be a little bit uncomfortable, to help her have a normal, healthy life is nothing to ask,” Hoagland said. “She never asked me for my kidney. I just kind of said, ‘Hey, I can give you mine.’”

Volk is blown away by the gift of life and the second chance with her boys that Hoagland has given her.

“The amazing amount of selflessness this woman has is inspiring,” she said.

Hero delivery driver saves woman after she suffers medical emergency behind wheel

A delivery truck driver from Pennsylvania is being called a hero after he jumped into action after seeing a driver having trouble staying on a highway.

Brian Berry was making deliveries for Inco Beverage near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He was on his way to a community when he noticed an SUV swerving and out of control behind his truck. 

Berry told The Tribune-Democrat that the vehicle was bouncing off the concrete median. He pulled his truck over, jumped out and ran after the Subaru, which Berry said was going about 20 miles an hour. 

“I just started running after the car. I tried getting into the passenger side, but the handle broke off. The car was bouncing off the barrier and almost hit me,” Barry told the newspaper.

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He was able to make his way to the driver’s side and open the door. He got his foot in and slowed it down before getting it into park.

Police said that the woman had suffered a seizure before losing control of her vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Witnesses saw the whole thing. 

“He was running with the car that was picking up speed. He stayed with it the whole time, got her off the highway and got the car to stop. She could have ended up in a terrible accident,” Christine Lampel told The Tribune-Democrat.

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This wasn’t the first time in his seven years of working for Inco Beverage that he helped a motorist. 

Two years ago a driver spun out of control on ice and crashed. He pulled her car off the road and sat with the woman until police could respond, he told the newspaper.

Girls meet ‘Maui’ from Disney’s ‘Moana’ at Hawaiian Costco

Imagine running into Costco to stock up and running into one of the Hawaiian demigods, and a Disney character at that, in real life.

That’s exactly what happened to two little girls in Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reported.

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They went to their local Costco with their mother, and as they were checking out, they thought they ran into Maui from Disney’s film “Moana.”

In reality, they met cashier William Vaana, who does look very close to the cartoon version of the demigod, Hawaii News Now reported.

Vaana admits that his look is very similar to the cartoon character voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. 

He’s even fashioned a giant fish hook like the one cartoon Maui must retrieve in the film, Hawaii News Now reported. Vaana also has perfected the signature “chee hoo” yell.

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He has started to bank on the resemblance and has appeared at some children’s parties as Maui. Now he hopes to ride the wave of going viral and his celebrity to booking more.

But there is one thing more important. Vaana told Hawaii News Now that he just wants to make people happy.

Dog missing in blizzard for five days reunited with family

A dog was reunited with her family after she was lost during last week's blizzard and was missing for five days.

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Albert Silver, from Bryant Pond in Woodstock, posted about his missing 13-year-old dog Sophie on Facebook.

He said she went outside on Jan. 4 while the family was plowing and shoveling, and went missing. 

His post was shared more than 2,400 times as the family spent days searching for her - calling animal control, notifying the town, and asking neighbors for help.

Finally, on Jan. 9, Silver gave an “exciting update.”

"Yup it's a miracle," he wrote on Facebook. "Sophie has been found alive and well. She spent 5 days in extreme cold and winds and in the snow."

Silver said someone plowed a path to rescue her after seeing her head above the snow. 

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Sophie lost 5 pounds while she was out, but Silver said a trip to the vet showed she was otherwise healthy. 

Silver said Sophie will be "ridiculously spoiled for the rest of her days."

Encore: Kentucky principal’s snow day cancellation was a lyrical gem

It was a lyrical encore for a Kentucky principal who announced a school cancellation for the second time this week.

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Wearing a cowboy hat and a plaid shirt Thursday night, Chad Caddell of Union Pointe Academy warbled “I got friends in snow places,” a parody of Garth Brooks’ 1990 soing, “Friends in Low Places,” WCPO reported. 

Caddell posted the message to the school's Facebook page. Union Pointe canceled school because of icy roads and cold weather, WCPO reported.

On Monday, Caddell announced that school was canceled with his own version of Mariah Carey’s ballad, “Hero,” which included an ending that made fun of the diva’s demand for hot tea during her New Year’s Eve performance in New York’s Times Square.

Caddell’s originality begs the question: If the weather remains poor next week, what will Caddell sing if he needs to cancel school? 

Here is Caddell’s message announcing Monday’s cancellation;

Here is the Garth Brooks version that Caddell parodied: 

Husband, wife win $1 million prizes in separate contests just months apart

Imagine finding gold at the end of a rainbow — twice. That’s how lucky a Massachusetts couple has found themselves over the last few months.

Robert Goodwin won a $1 million jackpot after scratching off a $5 instant lottery ticketthe Massachusetts State Lottery announced Monday. Anyone would be astonished at his good fortune, but for Goodwin and his wife, this wasn’t their first rodeo.

Back in August, Jane Goodwin won a $1 million prize in the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes.

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Robert Goodwin is taking his winnings home in a lump sum, which will leave him with $650,000 in his pocket — definitely nothing to scoff at.

The couple is planning on combining their earnings to buy a home in a retirement community. Their reason?

“No more shoveling,” said Robert Goodwin.

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Just last week, a New Jersey woman found out she’d be taking home a staggering $5 million after finally checking the numbers on a scratch-off lottery ticket she accidentally purchased two weeks ago.

Oksana Zaharov, 46, meant to buy a $1 scratch-off ticket while she was shopping in New York City, but she was mistakenly issued a $10 one by the clerk instead. Even though she went ahead a bought it anyway, she waited a full two weeks to check it.

“When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad, so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” she said on Tuesday, according to a Fox News report. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”

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She plans on setting her winnings aside for her children’s college plans, but before then, a family vacation to the Bahamas is on the horizon.

“I never win anything,” Zaharov said. “I was sure the ticket was fake. It wasn’t until I brought it into the office that I knew it was for real.”

Police officer goes sled riding with kids

A police officer in Pennsylvania took a few minutes out of his busy day to have some winter fun with a group of children in his community.

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A viewer sent WPXI a video of Kittanning police Officer Michael Bartosiewicz sled-riding with some kids this week.

He said it's all about community relations.

Officer Bartosiewicz was just hired with the department last month.

Man injured pushing pregnant wife out of truck’s path

A California man is being credited with saving his pregnant wife’s life after he pushed her out of the way of an oncoming truck.

Aaron Gutierrez, of Fresno, suffered a broken leg and shoulder when he was struck by the fast-moving vehicle Friday night, ABC30 in Fresno reported. Gutierrez’s mother was also struck, and she remained in the intensive care unit Wednesday with a broken back and bleeding on the brain. 

Gutierrez and his wife told ABC30 that they were returning from a pizza place, where they celebrated their son’s sixth birthday. 

“It was one of the best nights,” Gutierrez told the news station. “And then followed by, as a father, the worst fear.”

As the family members walked home from their bus stop, a speeding Toyota Tacoma veered toward them. 

“I pushed her,” Gutierrez said about his wife. “I think that’s why she got the concussion, because I just pushed her out of the way as fast as I could.” 

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Gutierrez’s wife was knocked unconscious, but their three children were unharmed in the accident, including the couple’s 1-year-old son, who was in his father’s arms. 

A GoFundMe page has been established to help pay Gutierrez’s medical bills. According to the fundraising page, Gutierrez was also recently diagnosed with cancer and will begin chemotherapy in the next couple of months.

Police officials said that the Tacoma’s driver ran a red light before plowing into the Gutierrez family. 

“They weren’t doing anything wrong. They weren’t in the roadway,” Fresno police Lt. Mark Hudson said. “He took the actions that obviously probably saved his wife’s life by pushing her out of the way.”

“This could be a different story right now,” Gutierrez told ABC30. “He wasn’t paying attention and my kids could’ve been dead right now. It’s hard to think about that.”

It was not immediately clear what charges the driver of the truck faces in the crash.

Boston museum to protect art with pest-sniffing dog

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has a new four-footed employee to help battle bugs.

The museum introduced Riley, a 12-week-old Weimaraner puppy that will be trained to sniff out pests that could damage the museum’s priceless works of art.

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Riley is owned by Nicki Luongo, the museum's director of protective services, who will also train the pup.

Riley is part of a pilot program that is the first of its kind for a museum. 

The MFA already has a series of safety measures in place, but with thousands of people walking the halls every day, the staff felt Riley's strong sense of smell would be a big benefit.

The museum’s deputy director, Katie Getchell, says she doesn’t know of another museum using dogs to find pests.

Riley, who will be going through training over the next year, eventually will be working in private areas of the museum and won’t interact with or be seen by visitors. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

'I don’t believe it myself': Ohio breast cancer survivor, former teacher turns 104

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.”

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Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as her body temperatures fell to dangerous levels.

“I see a survivor,” said Chuck Veidt, 60, who cares for Slade in his West Alexandria Road residence. “She is something else. A true survivor. Her mind is better than mine. She’s a tough act to follow.”

When asked about her 104th birthday, Slade said: “I don’t believe it myself.”

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About 10 years ago, Veidt checked on Slade in her home up the street from his to see if she needed anything from the grocery store. He was shocked to see her lying face down in the kitchen as about a foot of snow accumulated just outside the door. She was rushed to Middletown Regional Hospital, where her body temperature returned to safe levels after two hours. She suffered frost bite.

She later told Veidt she listened to the furnace turn off and on so she wouldn’t fall asleep.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, she had her left breast removed. Thirty-one years later, the cancer returned in her right breast.

Longevity is part of Slade’s DNA. Her father and mother lived to be 91 and 89, respectively, though she has buried her two younger brothers and sister.

She credits eating fresh food from the family garden for her long life, but Veidt chimed in that Slade often told him not being married was the reason.

Born in a farmhouse in Madison Twp. in 1914, Slade graduated from Middletown High School in 1932. Her last MHS class reunion was her 60th in 1992. She’d probably be the only one still alive for her 86th class reunion.

“A class of one,” Veidt said with a smile.

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Slade taught two years in a one-room school house, then 35 years after Poasttown built a new school. One of her former first-grade students, Homer Hartman, 86, attended Slade’s birthday party. Before Hartman was wheeled into the house, Slade gave a warning: “He’s going to tell a bunch of lies about me.”

Hartman didn’t disappoint. While he called Slade his “favorite” teacher, he said she frequently put him in the corner of the classroom.

“She didn’t let me get away with much,” he said.

She responded: “I never put him in the corner. None of my students.”

Slade retired in 1972 and said there is no way she could teach today because of the lack of discipline shown by some students.

“Kids would tell me where to go,” she said with a smile.

Is Slade afraid to die? She just shook her head.

“A new experience for me,” she said.

She paused, then added: “When (God) comes for me, I will be ready to go.”

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