Two life-savers; both incredible women and true heroes.
Yusra Mardini is only eighteen, but she and her sister have saved the lives of twenty people. War forced them to leave their home in Syria and make the perilous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece. Their dinghy began to sink in the Aegean Sea; most of the people on board the dinghy (meant only for six people) could not swim. Yusra and her sister Sarah jumped in and swam for three hours, pushing the boat to land. Mardini began training competitively as a child, and is a champion swimmer – she went on to compete in the 2016 Olympics as a member of the refugee team.
Renita Smith, a school bus driver from Maryland, USA, single-handedly saved all twenty children on board when a fire broke out, returning to the burning vehicle again and again until they were all safe. ‘When I’m driving them, you’re my children until I drop you off to your biological parents’, she told ABC news. ‘I have to handle each child with care, as a mommy would her own, so that’s what I did’.