Viral Photo Shoot Features Newborn of Fallen Firefighter and His Firehouse Brothers

Brett Grace Firehouse Photoshoot
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Brett Korves was a 10-year veteran of an Illinois Fire Department when he died tragically in a car accident on his way to work in early 2019. He left behind a two-year-old son and a pregnant wife. Nearly a year later, Brett’s brothers at the Fire Department honored his memory with a photo shoot with the newborn daughter he never got to meet.

His wife, Alex, didn’t know she was pregnant when Brett tragically passed and told Good Morning America she was “freaking out” at first, but was glad to have one more piece of him in her life.

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Brett’s First Responders was a foundation started in his memory to carry on his legacy of helping his community.

Alex said she was touched by the avalanche of positivity after the photos went viral and said she is thankful for the support of their family, friends, and Brett’s brothers in the Fire Department,

“I just want Brett Grace to realize that even though her father has passed, she has all this outpouring support from all these men, too.”

Hero 100-Yr-Old Turtle Fathers 800 Kids to Prevent Species Extinction

100yr Old Hero Turtle Saves Species
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One of the greatest heroes of his time, Diego the Galapagos giant tortoise has officially entered retirement. The 100-year old turtle did more for his species than arguably almost every other being in existence. At one point, Diego was one of two of the last males of Chelonoidis hoodensis of Espanola Island. Then Diego, part of a captive breeding program started nearly 50 years ago, did what any true hero would in that situation. He started getting it on with the lady turtles, siring more than 800 more of his kind.

Thanks to the noble hard work of Diego, the island has seen a huge increase in the species, as they now have nearly 2,000. The aged Diego and his heroic sex drive that saved his kind now get to retire to the island, where he will join his offspring (estimated around 40 percent of the turtles on the island).

“There’s a feeling of happiness to have the possibility of returning that tortoise to his natural state,” a director for Galapagos National Parks service told the BBC.

What exactly is his natural state and what does this mean for Diego and his main hobby of impregnating turtles?

“He might actually amp it up,” James P. Gibbs, a professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse, told the Washington Post. “I don’t know — we shall see.”

Hell yeah, Diego. Normally, we’d include some sort of video with these posts. But some things are best left between a turtle and his dozens of sexual partners. And now Diego gets to go home, decades after he left to embark on his journey to save a species. Hopefully, the legendary turtle Dad is given a hero’s welcome upon his return. What you did before was for your species, who you impregnate now, that’s just for you big guy.

Single Dad Who Has Fostered Over 30 Kids Officially Adopts 5 Siblings

Lamont Thomas Adopts 5 Siblings
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Lamont Thomas has long been an advocate for children as a foster parent in Buffalo, NY. Back in 2000, friends of Lamont had lost their child to social services. Wanting to help, he stepped in to care for the child, an act of kindness that led to Thomas becoming a certified foster parent.

Over the past two decades, the single father has helped raise over 30 children, eventually adopting five of them permanently. That made Lamont father to a total of seven kids including his two biological children LaMonia and Anthony, and the very first boy he ever fostered, Michael. “He was my third foster home and it ended up being my forever home,” 27-year-old Michael Thomas recalled to Good Morning America.

But seven of his own was plenty for Lamont. After Michael, who was the last to be officially adopted, Lamont was ready to settle down and enjoy watching his children build their own lives.

However, fate stepped in recently, bringing the retired caregiver back into the system. Five young siblings were in need of a home. Their father was once in Lamont’s care, so he knew what he had to do. “They had them in four different homes, four different cities. They were separated for over a year-and-a-half,” he shared. Lamont reapplied to the foster program with the intent to adopt all five of the children. After fostering all five kids in-home for the past two years, Lamont made it official last week, adopting the siblings and welcoming them into his family permanently.

“They bring new energy to me. They’re lovable kids, very affectionate,” Lamont said.” “They deserve to be raised as siblings, and that was my fight.” Michael told GMA that caring for children is his father’s “God-given call.” His sister LaMonica echoing the sentiment. “It’s amazing he’s taking on all of them. He does anything for everybody. He’s a really a great man.”

As for Lamont, he’s just glad he could once again be a positive force in these children’s lives, telling GMA “I wanted to make a difference by being a difference, and I love what I do.”

Lamont says there is always a need for foster parents and encourages individuals to apply. To learn more about foster care programs in your area, visit the Children’s Bureau.

Lawyer Dad Files Motion To Delay Trial To Watch Baseball With Son

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Sports have been bringing together dads and sons for generations. They bond over wins and losses, home runs and strikeouts. They are brought together during championship runs and through tougher rebuilding years. And sports can also show the lengths some dads will go to have those special moments with their kids.

One lawyer in Washington took that to a new level. Bonding with his son over the Nationals run through the National League Championship Series, the lawyer in a civil suit filed a motion to delay a trial by two days so they could watch the games. He said he wanted to stay up late watching the game with his 9-year-old son and to attend the game the next day.

The motion was granted by the judge, giving baseball and sons the epic win over work.

As part of the motion, the lawyer described the rough start for the Nationals, and noted their turnaround, thanks in part to the support of a “certain nine-year-old boy closely associated with undersigned counsel.” He then stated, “The nine-year old and counsel wish to continue to stay up late watching baseball and to attend tomorrow’s game [Wednesday’s Game 5], if it is necessary.”

Further, he explained he would have to be there to supervise the nine-year-old. The opposing counsel was completely on-board, and just about everyone involved agreed that justice could wait a few days for a father and a son to watch some baseball.

Single Dad Adopts Girl With Down Syndrome Rejected by 20 Families

Alba and Luca Trapanese
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Alba was just a few days old when she was put up for adoption by her parents because she has Down syndrome. Sadly, 20 other families passed on adopting her by the time she was only 13 days old. But her story got a happy ending when a single dad stepped in to adopt the adorable weeks-old infant.

 

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Luca Trapanese’s story went viral with the release of a book he wrote about his life with Alba, a story he says “destroys many stereotypes about fatherhood, religion and family.” Adoption laws in Italy are fairly strict, and rarely are single parents approved, but Alba’s condition warranted an amendment to the normal regulations. And Luca said he experienced no trepidation about the decision, driving to the hospital to fill out the paperwork the moment he was approved.

 

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Luca had a history of volunteering and working with children with disabilities, so he felt prepared to raise a child with Down syndrome. And he couldn’t wait to become a dad.

“When I held her in my arms, I was filled with joy,” he told the BBC. “I felt she was my daughter immediately. I knew I was ready to be her father.”

 

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Luca said Alba, now 1.5 years old, loves to play and meet new people. “I will spend the rest of my life with a girl I love,” Luca says, “and we will do many wonderful things together.”

Trapped for Hours in the Wild, Dad’s Creative SOS Leads to Rescue

Curtis Whitson's SOS
(Joe Kingman)

Summertime is the perfect season to explore the great outdoors. This year, however, has been a reminder of just how quickly things can change when mother nature is involved. From animal encounters to wild, unpredictable weather, planning for every situation becomes almost impossible.

So when Curtis Whitson, his girlfriend, and his 14-year-old son set off on a 4-day camping excursion along the Arroyo Seco River in central California, chances are they never expected to end up trapped atop a 40-foot waterfall, but on day three of their adventure, that’s exactly where the trio found themselves. “It’s a paradise off the beaten path — a gorgeous place to take a float trip and get away from the crowds,” Whitson told The Washington Post. “We were all looking forward to camping along the river, under the stars.”

Whitson had traversed the area years before and was unaware that the rope previously placed to allow hikers to repel down the waterfall had since disappeared. Unable to turn back, the group hunkered in and prepared for the worst. “It was a sad realization, to know that our trip was over and we needed help. Every inch down that river had committed us to a spot where we couldn’t get out,” adding “It was a little scary. We hadn’t seen a single soul the entire trip.”

Following a failed attempt to send an SOS message carved into a stick, Whitson had a final plan to send his bright green water bottle over the falls in hopes someone would see it and send help. After carving “HELP” into the plastic, Whitson’s girlfriend, Krystal, had brought a pen and pad, allowing them to scribble down their location on a note they stuffed inside the bottle before sending it down the raging rapids.

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“I knew that our friends would call somebody at some point when we didn’t show up,” Ramirez said. “But I was worried about how long it might take for anyone to find us.”

There was nothing left to do but settle in and hope for the best.

A few hours later, asleep at their makeshift camp, the family was awoken by the sound of a helicopter hovering over the falls. It was a search and rescue team who were alerted to their plight thanks to two hikers who spotted a water bottle floating down the river. The rescue team telling the hikers over their loudspeaker to hang tight and that help was on the way first thing in the morning.

In the early morning light, California Highway Patrol assisted in airlifting the family to safety, helicopter pilot Joe Kingman in awe of the circumstances leading to their rescue. “A lot of pieces fell into place just right for these folks,” said Kingman, who shares this is the first time in his 23 year career where a literal message in a bottle led to a successful rescue.

Whitson too is shocked everything happened as it did. “It blows me away how it all came perfectly together,” he said. “What are the odds?”

Dad Steps up to Fly Plane and Make Jokes When the Pilot is a No-Show

Dad Pilots Airplane
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Air travel is an extremely timely operation, even the smallest of delays can throw off the rest of your schedule. It’s one thing when it’s weather-related, as those can be anticipated and even understood to a degree. Mechanical delays, too, can be annoying, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution. The most aggravating, however, is when everything else is perfectly fine, but the flight is missing a crew member.

A group of passengers on easyJet in the U.K. were facing a two-hour delay for this very reason when the pilot for their flight was a no-show. And that’s when a dad stepped up to take care of the problem. Faced with a possible delay to his family’s trip to Spain, the off-duty pilot volunteered to fly the plane himself. A passenger on the flight recounted the story on Facebook, describing the quick change of the flight’s status from a two-hour delay to now boarding.

Dad Steps up to Fly Plane
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When she asked the gate agent what was behind the sudden change, he casually responded: “’Oh your pilots gone missing but a guy that’s going on your flight is going to fly the plane.'”

The dad-turned-hero-captain explained the change to passengers onboard the flight. And he even had them laughing with some dad level humor.

“So I phoned up easyJet and said: ‘Hiya, I’m standing in the terminal doing nothing… and if you need a favour, I’m standing here ready to go. And they said: ‘We’ll phone you back.'”

They called back in less than a minute, according to the pilot: “Please, please, pretty please with a big cherry on top, could you fly the airplane to Alicante.”

In proper dad fashion, he then apologized to the passengers for flying without a uniform, but the rousing round of applause from passengers informed him no apology was needed.

Fortunately, he did bring his pilots license and the required I.D. – the dad was a true blessing in da skies.

Dad Saves His Family From Harrowing Hollywood-esque Car Accident

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A Pennsylvania dad recently made headlines for his quick thinking and action.

While driving home at around 10 pm on Tuesday night, a large SUV swerved in front of the 42-year-old father, his wife, and their 17-day-old newborn, causing their vehicle to careen off a 40-foot embankment. The car landed on its roof in a creek bed, trapping the family inside. With little time to act, the determined driver rescued his wife and child just moments before the car burst into flames.

After seeing the wreckage, Chief Quint Saienni of the Hockessin Fire Company told local affiliate 6ABC the family is very lucky to be alive. “It’s like a perfect storm. Dad was able to free himself and free his family out before anything traumatic and terrible happened.” Chief Saienni says of the entire harrowing situation “It seems like out of a Hollywood movie.”

By the time rescue and fire crews arrived on the scene, the three passengers were already waiting on the bridge, looking down on what could have been a much more tragic situation.

Incredibly, the entire family escaped the accident with only minor injuries. The other driver is still unknown, however, local police are investigating the crash and soliciting leads from the public in an attempt to locate the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Delaware State Police.

This dramatic incident just another example of dads going above and beyond when their families lives are on the line – like the dad who recently protected his family from a wolf attack.