I'm sure you probably have heard by now of the tragic events that happened this past month in Paris, France. Over a hundred people were killed and many more were wounded. But had it not been for the brave actions of some, many more lives might have been lost. Here are some of these heroes' stories.
A man who identified himself only as "Sebastien", rescued a pregnant woman clinging onto a window sill of the Bataclan Theater after trying to escape through a window. Both the woman and Sebastien survived.
Michael O'Connor was also at the Bataclan Theater that evening with his girlfriend. He lay on top of her on the floor, shielding her from the bullets flying all around. By lying still and pretending to be dead, both he and his girlfriend were able to survive.
Another woman was saved in a similar manner by a total stranger, a man known only as "Bruno". He hid her under some chairs and protected her by shielding her with his body.
Ludovic Boumbas was celebrating a friend's birthday at the La Belle Equipe Cafe when one of the terrorists opened fire. Ludovic threw himself in front of a woman there, taking a bullet for her. Both Ludovic and his friend were killed, but the woman he protected survived.
Another hero there that day was a former French marine, Eric Doninichetti. He pushed his girlfriend to the floor when the shooting started, then dragged her behind the bar where she was protected from the spray of bullets. After making sure she was safe, Eric went to help the wounded until medics arrived.
Many people saved lives that day, but the brave guards outside the Stade de France saved hundreds if not more. Three different terrorists tried unsuccessfully to get into the stadium where tens of thousands of people were gathered to watch a friendly match between France and Germany. Foiled by the security guards, all three blew themselves up outside the stadium walls. Only one civilian was killed in these three suicide bomb attacks.