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Good Morning East Tennessee!

Hidden Heroes.

Carpentersville, Ill - Chris Doing is a 38-year-old technology security analyst. One day Chris was thumbing through his newspaper and found a story about two year old Nathan Saavedra who suffers from "Prune Belly Syndrome" (A very rare birth defect that leads to many more serious health disorders).

Nathan's life would be spent with the risk of serious infection, and he was doomed to go through continual dialysis. His life expectancy was unknown. The bottom line is: He needed a kidney.

Chris set up an appointment at Children's Memorial Hospital. He was examined and tested. It was determined that he was a perfect match. At that, Doing gave the hospital "the nod" and decided to use his 1-week vacation from work to schedule and recover from the operation.

The stage was set. The surgery and transplant were completed, and Nathan's prognosis is excellent.

Buffalo, NY -- Richard Lucas was right on time.

Lucas drives a public bus through South Buffalo. One day, while going through his daily route, he saw a house with heavy smoke billowing from an upstairs window. He stopped the bus, ran up to the house, and forced his way in the front door.

Shannon Relter was sound asleep on the first floor. At first, she had no idea what was going on. Apparently she thought Lucas was robbing the house, but he explained what he was doing and, at that moment, the house filled with heavy black smoke.

As Relter and Lucas made their exit, it was determined that there were 4 more people upstairs sleeping; Emily Hunter and her three children, RosaLynda, 11, MarcoAntonio, 9, Emiliana, 5, and an 18-year-old nephew, Reimundo.

Lucas decided to make his way through the blackness and the heat and found his way to the bedrooms where he escorted them all to safety. He then got in his bus and finished his route.

Denver, CO -- Sometimes a bad economy can save a life.

Chris Wuebbben is a trained paramedic who had just moved to Denver. Companies weren't lining up to hire him. While struggling to find a job in his chosen career he was delivering pizza.

On a day just like any other he rang the doorbell of one of his customers. Not a moment before Kami Linn and her husband George were having a conversation. Then George suddenly had a heart attack and collapsed on the floor.

Wuebben explained to Kami that he was a paramedic. At first she didn't know what to think. She was in a panic. Wuebben dropped the pizza, ran to George's aid, and immediately began CPR.

When the on-staff paramedics arrived George was revived, and it was later determined that he probably would have died had it not been for the immediate action of Johnny's NY Pizza delivery man, Chris Wuebben.

Have a great day!

Published January 23, 2011

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