It wasn’t all bad
A Chinese dog has been lauded for its wits after it led an ambulance through twisting city streets to its unconscious owner. The golden retriever’s master, a trash collector, had passed out in an alleyway, and when a passerby called emergency services, the pooch raced off to meet the ambulance. The vehicle’s dashcam caught the dog waiting patiently in the middle of the road. It then ran off, repeatedly looking back to make sure the ambulance was following. The dog’s owner has since recovered. “Such a smart and loyal guardian angel!” wrote a Chinese blogger.
Oldest of the bravest
John Kooreman has been a fireman for 75 years—and has no plans to retire anytime soon. The 92-year-old from Hawthorne, N.J., joined his hometown’s fire department at age 18. Firemen were supposed to be at least 21, but a manpower shortage during World War II had forced fire departments to lower their age limits, and so Kooreman and his high school buddies happily volunteered. He went on to serve in two more New Jersey fire departments, rising to chief of Wayne’s Fire Co. 4 in 1968. Kooreman no longer goes on callouts, but he does attend drills. “It gets in your blood,” he said. “You just got to keep doing it.”
An Arizona woman owes a big thank-you to TV’s The Office. Tire shop technician Cross Scott, 21, was test-driving a customer’s car when he noticed a sedan pulled over with the hazards blinking. Looking inside, he saw a woman slumped at the wheel, so he smashed the window with a rock and discovered she wasn’t breathing. Scott has no CPR training but remembered an episode of The Office in which Dunder Mifflin employees learn to do chest compressions to the beat of Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” He did just that, and the woman soon started breathing, much to Scott’s relief. “I had no idea what I was doing,” he admits.