Biggest Heroes of the Year

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There’s an old adage that says “no news is good news.” In 2019, we had plenty of news. Many of the largest news stories certainly were not “good news” — covering anything from the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump to multiple large-scale acts of violence to severe weather events and the looming threat of climate change. Yet among these disheartening headlines, there were many instances of heroes helping out their fellow citizens, their communities, and the world at large.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed positive news stories from a variety of outlets, including Good News Network, to determine 20 of the biggest heroes of 2019.

Heroes come in many forms. Some are humanitarians who work tirelessly to improve the lives of those around them. The humanitarian heroes on our list have dedicated themselves to many different causes, be it providing much-needed health care in the developing world or providing transitional housing to get homeless veterans back on their feet after serving. Here are 19 hero humanitarian workers you should know about.

Other heroes were simply in the right place at the right time, helping others who were facing dangerous circumstances. These people risked life and limb to pull people out of burning cars or sinking ships. Several of these good Samaritans were either law enforcement officers or members of the military who have had years of experience and training running towards danger instead of away from it. These are 50 of America’s most decorated war heroes.

Click here to see the biggest heroes of the year.