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Best of 2017

This month we’re doing the “Best of 2017.”  Click the links below!

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Vegas Hero; House Painting; Little Girl writes To Google; Realtor Surprise

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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SHOW NOTES

  • Up first,  some real appreciation given to one of the brave Vegas heroes. Picture below; Listen to that segment to the right under, Previously on TOS.  
  • Next, they all decided to go and paint a house in Kansas, for a very good reason. Picture below.
  • Then, a little girl writes to Google, about her dad’s birthday. Picture below.  
  • And in our fourth story, months after the fact, a realtor gets a heartwarming  surprise.   picture is below.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Winston Taylor – Vegas Hero
Painting The House
Writing To Google
Letter to Google
Paying It Forward

More Than Mowing; Haircuts For Homeless; Costumes For Kids; He’s 95 Years Old

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Up first, a college student helping seniors, and, teaching young men to give by cutting lawns, for free! Picture below.
  • Next, Cutting hair on the streets of Philly takes quite an unexpected twist. Picture below. And you can hear that segment to the right under, Previously on TOS.
  • Then, the Santa Rosa Police help over a thousand kids, who lost everything, to have a fun night. Picture below.
  • And finally, he’s 95, and he is inspiring his neighbors every single day. Picture below..
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Rodney Smith Jr.
Brennon – what a great heart!
Costumes for Santa Rosa kids!
Great job Santa Rosa Police!
Harvey – taking a little break

VETERANS DAY 2017

In this episode, a special show, Thanking All Who Have Served Our Great Country!

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Up first,  An interview with Rich Mulder, Liberty Performance Training. A former Army officer, Rich graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009. He served five years in the Infantry, completing Air Assault, Airborne, and Ranger Schools as well as a combat tour to Afghanistan, where he led over 120 dismounted patrols and earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Rich is also my personal trainer, and a great guy! Picture below, and that interview is to the left under, Previously on TOS.
  • Next,  A very personal interview with my longtime friend, Paula Pedene, one of the very first VA whistle blowers.  She tells her story.  And by the way, after 37 some years of serving our country and veterans, she is still going strong doing just that, including organizing the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade – the parade she founded 21 years ago. Picture below.
  • And Liz has a special Fun Facts Segment.

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Thanks for the interview, Rich, and Thanks For Your Service!
Thanks for the interview, Paula, and Thanks For Your Continued Service!

Highway Hero_Kidnapped Teen_Two Amazing Kids

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Up first, a head on collision two cars ahead of him!  He pulls over and runs to a burning smoking car and saves her life, and more! Picture below. 
  • Next, a 15 year old escapes her kidnappers, running for her life is spotted by a farmer.  His life is forever changed!    Picture below
  • Then, he’s only 8, but hear about how he has rescued 5 people in two days as he paddles along on his kayak!  Picture below
  • And our fourth story is about a 10 year old who decided to something to help people with hearing disabilities – what a kid!    Picture and video video below, and you can listen to that segment to your right under, Previously on TOS.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Cory and Brandy – what a hero!
Earl gives the reward right to the family.
Steffan, saving lives on his kayak!
Braden – raising money so other can hear!

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Teen Rescues; BK Delivers; Kid On A Train; Vegas And Boston

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In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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SHOW NOTES

  • Up first, another amazing teenager saving someone’s life,  Picture below.
  • Next, it happened right there at Burger King, in the parking lot! Picture below. Listen to that segment to your right under, Previously on TOS
  • Then, a mother with a toddler on a train who really impressed someone, so much so that he did something really special  Picture and video below.
  • And our fourth story is a very inspiring Vegas-Boston connection. Picture below.

And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Teen, Jamie Harrington, saved a life.
Burger King parking lot – watch out for deliveries!
Ken and the toddler

Jeff Bauman sends words of encouragement to Vegas victims

 

 

Skin Head_Free Pizza_American Dream_Preppers

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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Show Notes:

  • Up first, you’ll hear a skinhead whose parole officer was black, and about what happened to his swastika tattoos. Picture below.
  • Then, Spinatos Pizzeria in Phoenix shuts their restaurant down, brings all the homeless guys from Phoenix Rescue Mission over for dinner. Listen to that segment, plus more about Spinatos during our Takeaways – to the right under, Previously On TOS. Picture below.
  • Up next, the American dream – from refugee to millionaire, with lots of hard work and perseverance. Picture and 2 videos below.
  • Then, tons and tons of “prepper” stuff is headed south. Picture below.
  • And right in the middle of the show, it’s Liz’s Fun Facts!

This podcast is all the segments of last weekend’s one hour radio show, back to back, with no commercials or news!

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Michael Kent and Tiffany Whittier

The “Crew” at Spinatos
Spinatos taking care of the guys at The Phoenix Rescue Mission
Mike at Mission Possible Cafe
Tashitaa Tufaa started his now 12 million dollar business with one minivan

Joe and Victoria in the BUNKER!

 

The Last Generator; A Very Honest Teen; Sgt Follow-up; Stranded In Tennessee

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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  • Show Notes
    Up first, Find out how a lady got a much needed generator when there were none left. Picture below.
  • Next, a very honest teen knew it didn’t belong to him. Listen to that segment under, Previously on TOS. Picture below.
  • Then, a police sergeant does a very cool follow up. Picture below.
  • And our fourth story is about a couple stranded in Tennessee. Picture below.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Pam Brekke and Ramon Santiago
This Wallet Is Not Mine!
Sgt Troy, one of the good guys
A Couple Of Benjamin’s!

 

The Purse_The Cake_Protect, Serve, Sing and Dance

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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Show Notes

  • Up first, a heroin addict found a purse; what he did with it, and then what happens next is totally awesome! Pictures below.
  • Then, Matt and Millie’s homemade wedding cake collapsed in their trunk! Picture below.
  • And finally an on police officer gets asked for a dance, and goes beyond – you’ll hear him – that segment is to the right, on Previously on TOS. Picture and video below.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Aeric, Kaitlyn and the “purse”
The Wedding Cake

Saves A Life Before His Interview_Pinned Under A Truck_Dangerous Beam Rescue_In Denny’s For 2 Hours

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Up first, a teenage college student, waiting for to interview for a paramedic internship, saves a man’s life! Did he get the job? Picture below.
  • Next, more teenagers! They rescued a man pinned under his truck. Picture below.
  • Then, another young person, risking his life to save hers. Amazing story and amazing picture below.
  • And our fourth story is about a guy who sat in a Denny’s for 2 hours, doing something awesome. No one knows his name. His picture is below. Listen to that segment under, Previously on TOS.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Will Stewart – “And that’s that!”
Bob Staub – thanking those teens!
Rescued her from this beam!
Who was this guy at Denny’s?

Most Unique Scholarship; 81 Year Old Has Life Saving Blood; Lost For 6 Days With No Food Or Water

In this episode, more great stories!

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Up first, Karl has the come up with the most unique scholarship I’ve ever heard of.  Very cool! Picture below, and listen to that segment on Previously on TOS
  • Our second story is about an 81 year old in Australia who has been donating his blood plasma for over 60 years, and he keeps on because of what is inside his blood!  Picture below Picture below.
  • And our third story is about a 71 year old who got lost in the wilderness with no food or water for 6 days!  Remarkable how she was found!  Picture below.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Karl, helping the kids
James, giving blood, AGAIN!
Sajean is safe!

Depressed Hair; Judges Pool; A Secret Society

In this episode, more great stories!

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Show Notes

  • Up first, with school pictures right around the corner, this 16 year told them to shave it all off! Picture below.
  • Our second story is about what a 94 year old retired judge did after becoming tired of being alone. Picture and video below; listen to this segment on Previously on TOS.
  • And our third story is about a very “secret society” in Kansas. Find out why they are so secret and what they are doing. Find Them Here
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Thanks for listening – we appreciate it!

Wow! What A Difference!
Thanks Judge! (Video Below)

HURRICANE HARVEY HEROES

In this episode, stories of heroes! 

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Show Notes

  • Up first, in Rockport, taking the first direct hit, 29 year old Zachary took charge of a shelter that was no one was in charge of – taking care of over 150 people for hours until officials arrived hours later. Listen to him describe on the podcast on Wednesday. Picture below.
  • Our second story is heartwarming – J.C. Spencer and his wife Karen, who called their local Chic-fil-A who arrange their rescue on jet skis! Listen to J.C. describe it on the podcast on Wednesday. Picture below, and that you can listen to that segment to the right under, Previously on TOS.
  • In our third story listen to Austin describe what it was like rescuing people – he drove his boat over an hour to assist and help people. Picture below.
  • In our fourth story, 2 separate human chain rescues! One of a man trapped in ihis sinking pickup in Houston (picture below), and the second, helping a pregnant woman, in labor, get to the bed of a dump truck so she could get to the hospital!
  • And on Liz’s Fun Facts, she had a bunch of “Texas Tweets.”

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Zachary Dearing
Austin to the rescue!
Human Chain Rescue!

Unaccompanied 5 Year Old_Delivering Pizza On Foot_Bikers Saved Lives_NFL Airport Hero

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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  • SHOW NOTES:
    Up first, a 5 year old unaccompanied girl is hungry at a layover in Omaha. What’s a captain to do? Picture below.
  • Our second story is a wild story about Ben, determined to deliver the customer’s pizza, even if he has to deliver it on foot – and he does! Picture below, and listen to that segment on Previously on TOS 
  • In our third story, music execs riding from Nashville to the Sturgis Bike Rally become heroes on the road, saving 10 lives.Picture below
  • And our fourth story is about an NFL linebacker saving a life in the Austin airport! Picture below.
  • And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Aisley With The Crew
Ben delivered that pizza!
Biker Heroes!
Jerrell Freeman and Marcus Ryan

Real Puppy love_Uber Driver Does More_Singing Cop_Donut Boy

In this episode, 4 more great stories!

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Up first, A follow up to a story from three years ago. It was real puppy love between two golden retrievers – now, find out the rest of the story. Picture below.

Our second story is about an Uber driver who drove more than the extra mile for a stranded couple who were in the process of eloping! Previously on TOS Picture below.

Our third story finds an on-duty policemen who finishes the 911 call by singing to the lady? She asked – he sang! Picture below.

And our fourth story is about Donut Boy – this 9 year old was recently on the Steve Harvey show, and he is melting police hearts across the country! Picture and video below.

And right in the middle of the show, Liz’s Fun Facts!

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Claire and Mark, and Venice (left) and Rodd (right),

Photo Credit: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association/PA

David Scullion
You are my Sunshine…see video below

Donut Boy! see video below

Donut Boy GoFundMe

Previously on TOS – Highlights (For the full show, select Podcast in the Menu bar.)

Vegas Hero

Segment 1 – Rodney has a great idea!