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After Practicing For A 5K, This 12-Year-Old Murdered A Half Marathon

LeeAdianez Rodriguez Race Half Marathon
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What do you do when you realize your 5k race has gone well over 3.1 miles?

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You keep going.

That’s what 12-year-old LeeAdianez Rodriguez did when she accidentally joined a group of half marathoners instead of her 5k running group at the Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge in New York.

At mile 4, she asked a woman who was running next to her how much was left. Being the fierce young lady that she is, she decided to run the 10 extra miles. Yes, 10! She figured it wouldn’t hurt since she has already surpassed the 5K (3.1 miles).

“I knew after a while that I was in the half marathon and I was like I’m going finish this, I’m going to keep going,” she told NBC New York.

Understandably so LeeAddianez’s mother, Brendalee Espada, worried after she didn’t see her daughter at the 5k finish line. Imagining the worst, she searched for her for two hours.

When a cop finally found the young girl running the half, she didn’t hesitate to say she was going to keep going.

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“I don’t know how to explain it, it was like time froze,” LeeAdianez said. “I felt like I was on top of the world.”

She finished the 13.1 mile race at 2:42:31.

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He’s Not A Firefighter, But This Latino Saved 18 Lives From A Burning Building

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He’s Not A Firefighter, But This Latino Saved 18 Lives From A Burning Building

Police Officer, Boston, Saves Lives
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A local police officer in Boston rescued not one, not two, but 18 people out of a burning building. But he doesn’t want to be called a hero.

Officer Luis Lopez was the first to arrive at the townhouse that caught fire in the middle of the night. He rushed to save 18 people, including four children.

“You could see the flames and it didn’t look good. As soon as I exited my cruiser, people started pointing to the building and yelling that there were still people inside,” Lopez told MyFoxBoston. “I immediately entered the building and started knocking on doors, kicking doors in and ordering people to evacuate the building.”

Although his acts were heroic, Lopez remains humble.

“While I appreciate the compliment. I’m not a hero. I’m a police officer. This is what we do. This is what we signed up for, and I’m grateful I was able to make a difference today,” he said. “I’m just happy everybody got out alive. One guy was sound asleep when I kicked in his door. I know I startled him but I’m just glad we got him out.”

If he doesn’t want to be called a hero, we’ll call him an angel.

Read more about this Latino hero here

READ: A Real Mexican Superhero is Saving Lives One Pedestrian at a Time

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