HUMBLE HERO: Gulf War vet saves Wyoming cop from attacker on side of highway; “I was just happy to be in the right place at the right time,” he says

Green River, Wyo. (Fox News) — A trucker who saw combat in Iraq as a Marine is being praised for stopping on a Wyoming highway and pulling a man off a trooper before the man could grab the trooper’s gun.

The trooper was fortunate Darren Phillips, who drives an 18-wheeler for a Utah fuel company, happened by last Thursday on I-80 near Green River. As he got closer, Phillips could see the trooper and the man wrestling on the ground.

“I put my brakes on, and I jump out,” Phillips told KSL-TV. “And by this time, the trooper is on his back and the guy is on top of him. The trooper saw me running over, and as soon as I got up to him, he says, ‘He’s going for my gun.’ ”

Phillips said he used a chokehold to pull the man off the trooper.

“I did two tours in Iraq and I never had to put a chokehold on anyone,” he told the station. “That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done.”

During an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday, Phillips said the man tried to get up as he applied the chokehold.

“I just told him you better stop struggling, I’m going to put you out,” he said.

He said that later the man complimented him on the chokehold as he was being taken to jail.

“That was pretty amusing, I thought,” he said.

Phillips, of Taylorsville, Utah, was a Marine for 12 years and a member of the Utah Army National Guard for 14 years.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said on Facebook that suspect Dustin Roberts, 36, of McKinleyville, Calif., tried to disarm the trooper after being stopped for a speeding violation.

Troopers found 74 pounds of marijuana and some cocaine in his vehicle, officials said.

Roberts was charged with drug possession and interfering with a peace officer and booked into the county jail. His bond was set at $125,000.

“I was just happy to be in the right place at the right time,” Phillips told the KSL. “Anything I can do for those guys who put their life on the line every day for us, I’ll do any time.”

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TAKING A STAND: Celebrities come out in droves in support of bullied Tennessee boy as story goes viral

MAYNARDVILLE, TN — In an age of online bullying, a young Tennessee boy has managed to turn the tide.

Shortly after picking her middle schooler up from school on Friday, Keaton Jones’ mother, Kimberly Jones, uploaded a video to her Facebook page documenting the bullying her son had been being subjected to.

In the video (https://twitter.com/Everything_TN/status/939599024994373637), the boy can be seen detailing, through tears, the torment he had been facing at the hands of several of his classmates.

“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?” Keaton asks after telling his mother that some of the kids had poured milk on him, told him he had no friends and made fun of the way he looks. “What’s the point of it? Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and find a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”

Keaton, who attends Horace Maynard Middle School, goes on to say that it hurts him that other kids bully him, but hurts him more to see other kids subjected to the same fate.

“People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it. It’s not their fault,” he said. “But if you are made fun of, don’t let it bother you. They suck I guess. Hard. But it will probably get better one day,” the boy said before turning away from the camera and dissolving into tears.

Keaton’s mother, who says the boy was born with a brain tumor, documented another incident on her social media page in which the boy was mocked for the scars left behind by the surgery he had undergone to remove the tumor.

Within hours of the video being uploaded, the boy’s story went viral, with celebrities ranging from sports heroes to Donald Trump, Jr. reaching out to share their support.

“Dear Keaton Jones, hopefully you see this. Your an amazing soul my man, never let ANYONE tell you otherwise! Keep your head up & chest out. Your a solider, always remember that,” tweeted DeAndre Washington, running back for the Oakland Raiders.

“We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support #vols #StopBullying,” tweeted University of Tennessee’s Tyler Byrd.

“Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone,” tweeted UFC champion fighter Dana White.

In response to White’s video, Donald Trump, Jr., who was also touched by the boy’s story, offered to open his home to the Jones family.

“This boy is incredibly brave and the video really got to me. @danawhite, If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay,” Trump tweeted.

The boy’s school, who claimed that they were “unaware” of the bullying the boy had endured up until now, has refused further comment, claiming the the situations is “under investigation”.

“I’m guessing the principal will be verrrrrrry aware of the situation once Tennessee Football players start showing up this week,” New York Times columnist Jamie O’Grady tweeted in response to the school’s comments.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity took the matter a step further, saying that he would do whatever it took to ensure that the school is held accountable for the bullying that the boy had endured.

“If someone can get to me the name of the school, the principal, school board members i will gladly make the calls myself and fix this. Also if anyone knows Keaton and his parents, i will gladly fly them to NYC to be my guest & visit Fox News”, Hannity tweeted.

Kimberly Jones, who says she is overwhelmed by the love and concern shown for her son, says she never dreamed that Keaton’s story would impact the number of people that it has.

According to StopBullying.gov., 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Young people who are perceived as “different” from their peers are often at the highest risk of being bullied. (https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html).

Melania Trump declared ending cyber-bullying as one of her top priorities when it comes to her duties as First Lady. “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” she said in a speech to the United Nations last September.

“We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity, and leadership which can only be taught by example.”

“By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.

“We must remember that they are watching and listening so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life’s many ethical lessons along the way.”

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BEATING THE ODDS: Boy born without arms or legs ‘walks’ for first time in viral video

FRISCO, TX — A video of a little boy born with no arms or legs taking his first ‘steps’ as his proud parents cheer him on has went viral.

The video, which was originally uploaded to Facebook on November 19 (https://www.facebook.com/katie.d.whiddon/videos/vb.100003078899530/1397807920331824/?type=2&theater), has captured more than 3,000 views online and been shared to media outlets nationwide.

“I’m walking,” 4-year-old Camden Greene can be heard saying to his father, Cole, as he scoots on the floor toward his father’s arms. “You’re sitting up all by yourself. You’re not falling,” his father says, beaming with pride.

“I’m coming to you,” an excited Camden shouts in the video. “I’m walking!”

“Camden, I’m so proud of you buddy,” the boy’s mother, Katie Whiddon says from behind the camera, while choking back tears.

According to Whiddon, she first learned the boy had no arms or legs during a routine ultrasound in the eighteenth week of her pregnancy.

“When I first found out he wouldn’t have arms or legs, I thought that he would just be a vegetable … I didn’t know what to expect,” Whiddon told People (http://people.com/human-interest/camden-born-arms-legs-walk-video/).

But it didn’t take long for Whiddon to realize her son would not allow his challenges to stop him from being a happy, normal little boy.

“When he was around 2 months old, I had him laying on my bed … I saw him out the corner of my eye and he was hitting the toys with his arms. I started to cry, I was just so happy and that confirmed that he was gonna be able to do things,” she said.

Camdon, who was diagnosed with amelia-phocomelia after his birth, is destined to do great things in life, says Whiddon, who says she believes her son will use his condition when he’s older to inspire others.

“Call it mother’s intuition, but I feel like he’s gonna be one of those motivational speakers and now, giving him the exposure will give him a platform so when he’s ready to speak for himself he will have people who actually want to listen to him and care about what he has to say.”

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A SIGN FROM ABOVE? Ultrasound captures image of what parents say is Jesus watching over unborn daughter

Chambersburg, PA — After learning they were pregnant, Alicia Zeek and Zac Smith say they were overjoyed but worried due to the severe complications the couple had encountered during Zeek’s two previous pregnancies.

But a routine ultrasound put their minds to ease, says the couple, when an ultrasound technician captured an on screen image of what they claim is Jesus watching over their unborn daughter.

“When they gave it to us… Umm, to me, it’s Jesus. And it looks like Jesus,” says Zeek.

The pair had already struggled with medical issues during Zeek’s previous pregnancies that threatened the lives of both their son and their older daughter and were nervous upon entering the ultrasound room, unsure as to what they would find. Now, after seeing the image, the parents-to-be say they know everything is going to be alright.

“I blinked a lot, to kinda make sure I was really seeing it…” Zeek, who says she was never religious before this experience, told WPMT. “To me, it’s Jesus. It looks like Jesus.”

Smith says he feels the same. “This is distinct– I mean, there’s another face looking at my daughter,” he said. “When I seen it, it almost brought tears to my eyes … I was speechless, I just couldn’t believe it, I really didn’t believe what I was seeing.”

After reviewing the ultrasound results, doctors have confirmed what the pair say they already knew. Their baby, a little girl, appears perfectly healthy.

“The angel or God or Jesus, however you want to propose it, I look at it as my blessing,” said Smith.

The couple plan on naming the baby Briella. Her big brother and big sister, they say, can’t wait to meet her.

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‘HE’S MY HERO’: Quick thinking 10 year old delivers newborn baby; saves Mom’s life

Sulphur, LA — A 10 year old boy is being hailed as a hero after the quick thinking youngster delivered his newborn baby brother and saved his own mother’s life.

Ashley Moreau says she was home alone with her 10 year old son Jayden on August 11 when her water broke. Just 34 weeks along, Moreau told her son to go next door to alert his grandmother, who called 911.

As Moreau waited for help to arrive, she says her son took control of the situation after returning back to the house to find his mother bleeding on the bathroom floor. As it became obvious that the baby was not going to wait for paramedics before making his grand entrance into the world, little Jayden knew it was on him to help save the day.

“When he got to the bathroom, he just took a deep breath and said, ‘OK Mom, just tell me what I need to do,’” Moreau told KPLC (http://www.kplctv.com/story/36181469/boy-who-saved-mom-brothers-life-given-key-to-city-of-sulphur). “He didn’t look scared, he looked calm and brave and I said ‘OK I’m going to tell you what to do and we need to get your brother out as fast as possible because he’s breech and he can’t breathe.”

After delivering the baby on the bathroom floor, Jayden somehow had the forethought to run to the kitchen and get a nasal aspirator to help the baby breathe.

“I wasn’t even thinking, I was just amazed,” Fontenot said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

Kelsey Richard, the baby’s father, said he wasn’t made aware of his stepson’s heroism until he arrived at the hospital shortly after mother and baby were transported by paramedics.

“You don’t hear about stuff like this,” Richard told KPLC. “It’s amazing how brave and everything he was. Calm, collected, he saved their life. He’s a hero.”

At an assembly at Jayden’s elementary school, the boy was honored by the city and given a proclamation from the Mayor of Sulphur.

In addition to receiving the key to the city, only the second to be awarded in the mayor’s career, Jayden was given the title of hero, and Chief of Police Lewis Coats gave him a certificate to be chief for a day to use whenever he wants.

“Jayden is a hero in the City of Sulphur’s eyes,” said Mayor Chris Duncan. “He saved the life of not only his mom, but his little brother Daxx.”

“It’s a special thing, heroes in our eyes, get the biggest honor the City of Sulphur can do, and we have a big key to give him today,” Mayor Duncan said while presenting Jayden with the key to the city.

As for the town’s littlest hero, he seems to be taking all the new found attention in stride.

When asked how he felt about being honored by the mayor, Jayden replied, “I feel excited I guess.”

Jayden’s new brother is still recovering in the hospital, but doctors say he is doing well and is expected to be released by the end of the week.

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TRUE LOVE: PHOTO OF ELDERLY MAN FEEDING WIFE ON “DATE” GOES VIRAL

A photo of an elderly man feeding his wife during a “date night” has gone viral.

While eating at her local Wendy’s restaurant on February 24, a woman noticed an elderly couple dining together a few tables over. After initially smiling at the couple and looking away, the woman noticed that the man would take a bite of his dinner and then feed his wife a bite of her own.

“In between bites, I saw this gentleman feeding his wife. My whole life I’ve yearned for a love that strong,” the woman wrote after snapping a photo of the couple with her iPhone and uploading the photo to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lovewhatreallymatters/posts/1421243114564749:0).

The woman said that as the man passed her to throw away his leftover food, she asked him how long he and his wife had been married.

“He looked at me and asked me to guess his age but not to guess too low,” she wrote. “After a few guesses he told me he was 96 and his wife is 93,” she continued. The gentleman went on to tell the woman that his wife is suffering from Alzheimers and that they were there for “date night”. He told the woman that in June they will celebrate 75 years of marriage.

“Getting all the way to the end of the line with the person you started out with is one of the most glorious things on the face of this earth,” the poster wrote. “Could a couple be more blessed than to have that happen? To share a love and bond that only grows as we age, that is a beautiful thing.”

Since being posted to the page “Love What Matters”, the picture has gotten more than 139,000 likes and nearly 5,000 comments from users touched by the love of a lifetime.

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