Duckling Rescue, a Special Birthday Song and Other Random Acts of Kindness

By Nancy Flory Published on May 18, 2017

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Even today, cable news kept interrupting breaking news for more breaking news. All of it bad. It becomes easy to wonder where all the good news has gone. Those stories are still there. Here are a few about people who did the right thing when it counted we hope will brighten your day.

Unusual Police Activity

The Pearland Police Department posted this video of a duckling rescue. The Facebook post described the rescue: “On April 16, 2017 at around 10:20 PM Pearland Police Sergeant Adam Carroll and Officer Matthew Webb conducted a rescue of 12 ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain near the 2500 block of Business Center. Sgt. Carroll was alerted by the mother duck who can be seen pacing near the drain at the start of the video. As the rescue was carried out, the mother duck would periodically fly over and check the officer’s progress. The ducklings were reunited with their mother who no doubt gave them a stern talking to!” 

Selfless Good Samaritan

BBC Wales News captured an inspiring scene at the London Marathon. A physically exhausted marathoner collapsed toward the end of his run. Another runner, Matthew Rees, sacrificed his race to help the struggling runner across the finish line. Watch for the royal family in the crowd!

Nonpartisan Compassion

When a Trump supporter collapsed while attending Trump’s first presidential visit to Snap-On’s headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, anti-Trump protesters hurried over to help him. This is one scene you won’t see often. A former CPR instructor, Ana Draa, who stopped to help said, “We’re on polar opposite sides of the political fence. I go to Planned Parenthood luncheons and his sign was all about defunding Planned Parenthood,” she said. “At the end of the day, he’s God’s child. He’s somebody’s daddy, somebody’s husband, somebody’s father.” 

Kenosha News/Brian Passino

Kenosha News/Brian Passino

Special Birthday Song

James Knottek is hearing impaired. His Lawton, Oklahoma Chick-fil-A co-workers secretly learned how to sing “Happy Birthday” in sign language as a way to say “Thank you” to James for being a great employee. James was “overcome with emotion.” 

“After work, I was on my way home and I was just crying,” said Knottek. “I was so happy. I was thanking God they let me have this experience.”

“I’ve never seen that in my life,” James added. “I’ve never had that experience before. For everybody, taking their time and their effort to learn something that makes me feel so cherished. It’s just a blessing.”

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  • Autrey Windle

    The stories are great but the ducks are my favorite! Officer Webb, indeed!

  • Jeannine

    In my experience, the people who work at Chick-fil-A are just the nicest people.

    • Christian Cowboy

      I certainly agree with you!

  • Christian Cowboy

    We need more good news. It is all around us, but major news outlets don’t report it

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