MEDAL OF HONOR: President Trump honored the “no greater love” sacrifice SSG Travis Atkins made during The Surge in Iraq.
Beginning at 11:04 in the video, POTUS introduces the more than 50 members of the 10th Mountain Division who attended the ceremony. One of the bearded, bald guys is our son-in-law, who was Travis’ best friend and colleague in Iraq.
The video above shows a boy and his step-dad on Christmas. First they watch the video the boy and his mom made; then the stepdad opens the accompanying present. Three tissues for this one!
MOMS: “Something extraordinary at LAX today… (writing this on the plane). I was at the gate, waiting to get on my plane to Portland. Flights to two different cities were boarding on either side of the Portland fight. A toddler who looked to be eighteen or so months old was having a total meltdown, running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane (which was not going to Portland). His young mom, who was clearly pregnant and traveling alone with her son, became completely overwhelmed… she couldn’t pick him up because he was so upset, he kept running away from her, then lying down on the ground, kicking and screaming again. The mother finally sat down on the floor and put her head in her hands, with her kid next to her still having a meltdown, and started crying.
“Then, this gorgeous thing (I’m crying just writing this)… the women in the terminal, there must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them. I sang ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’ to the little boy… one woman had an orange that she peeled, one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with, another woman gave the mom a bottle of water. Someone else helped the mom get the kid’s sippy cup out of her bag and give it to him. It was so gorgeous, there was no discussion and no one knew anyone else, but we were able to calm them both down, and she got her child on the plane. Only women approached.
“After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn’t talk about it… we were strangers, gathering to solve something. It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world. I will never forget that moment.” – Written by Beth Bornstein Dunnington on Facebook
20 FIRST RESPONDERS: When a man had a heart attack in a grocery story in a remote town in Minnesota, 20 people lined up and performed CPR on him for over an hour and a half until paramedics arrived – and he survived.
The town of Goodhue, Minn., has a population of less than 1,000. The town does not even have a traffic light.
Howard Snitzer, 54, was heading to buy groceries at Don’s Foods, when he crumpled to the sidewalk, suffering a massive heart attack.
The grocery clerk called 911, and the only customer in the store, an off-duty corrections officer, rushed to Snitzer’s side and began performing CPR. Across the street, the owner of a body shop heard the commotion and hurried over.
As news spread, the numbers grew. The team of first responders in Goodhue is made up entirely of volunteers. In total, about 20 pairs of hands worked to the point of exhaustion to save Snitzer’s life in a CPR marathon that lasted for 96 minutes until paramedics arrived.
“We just lined up and when one guy had enough, the next guy jumped in,” Roy Lodermeier said. “That’s how it went.”
When the paramedics finally arrived via helicopter, they witnessed an astonishing scene. Mary Svoboda, a Mayo Clinic flight nurse who flew in on the emergency helicopter, said “it was unbelievable. There were probably 20 in line, waiting their turn to do CPR. They just kept cycling through.”
After 10 days, Snitzer was released from the hospital — miraculously healthy, and incredibly grateful.
“I feel like I have a responsibility to them to live the best life possible and honor the effort they made,” Snitzer said.