Lincoln Middle School athletes Scooter Terrien, Chase Vazquez, and Miles Rodriguez are known for taking shots. The 14-year-old students love to play on the basketball court together. In fact, they’re often called the “three musketeers.”
Recently, the teens from Kenosha, Wisconsin, traveled to St. Louis to accept the Musial Award for Sportsmanship. But this time, it wasn’t their athletic prowess that won them the award; rather, it was what they did for a fellow student that earned them the recognition they deserved.
Desiree Andrews, a teen with Down syndrome, attends Lincoln Middle School alongside Terrien, Vazquez, and Rodriguez. She loves dancing and music, and is also described as one of the happiest people in the school. It’s only fitting, then, that she’s on the cheerleading team — something she’s very proud and passionate about.
Terrien, Vazquez, and Rodriguez all consider Andrews a good friend, so when they noticed bullies giving her a hard time during one of the school’s basketball games, they knew they had to stand up for her. A group on the sidelines had been heckling the cheerleader, and when her friends saw, they couldn’t ignore it.
That’s why during a timeout, all three boys left the coach’s huddle and walked over to the other side of the gym, where they told the bullies they needed to cut it out — and it worked! Now Andrews is as fond as ever of her three wonderful friends, and their dads couldn’t be more proud of their admirable actions.
It’s really no wonder why the basketball players received the Musial Award for Sportsmanship. More on this story in the video below.
Natasha and Chris already had three children together when he was deployed with the U.S. Navy. A week after he left, Natasha found out that they were going to add another member to their family. But instead of writing Chris and letting him know about their new little bundle of joy growing inside her, she decided to wait it out for months so she could surprise him when he came back.
“I found out about a week after he left. I didn’t believe it,” Natasha told ABC News. “I took the pregnancy test again and I was like, ‘Oh no way.’ I was excited about it and I emailed him and I told him to call me as soon as he gets a chance.”
“Then I thought about it for a few minutes and I was like, ‘You know, this isn’t how I want to tell him – in an email.’ I emailed him back and said, ‘I just miss your voice.’ That’s when I decided I’m going to document it with weekly belly pictures for him so he wouldn’t miss it,” she added.
As her belly grew, she began hiding it during video calls with Chris. She said she’d even cover the evidence of her pregnancy with stickers or decorations in photos she sent of herself.
When Chris got home after serving six months overseas, he was first greeted by his happy kids. And as he started walking over to Natasha for a hug, she pulled her welcome sign away from her belly while he looked on in shock.
Watch as Chris finds out he’s going to have a fourth child. The look on his face is priceless!
“When it was real I was extremely confused so I asked, ‘Is that real?’ to be sure, then hugged her because it was the only thing I could think to do. I was extremely happy with the news because we both wanted a fourth child and since it is our last I was happy she did something memorable and fun.”
“It was everything I hoped for. His reaction was the best,” Natasha said
While Chris didn’t get to find out about the pregnancy until it was nearly to term, Natasha did wait to hear the gender. They both learned they were having a little girl at a gender reveal party, and Chris was definitely able to be there for the birth.
Seven-year-old Carlos from Norwalk, California, was terrified when three gunman burst through an unlocked door in his house and began threatening his parents. But rather than panic, the quick-witted boy — who’d previously practiced emergency scenarios with his mom — grabbed his six-year-old sister and a phone, then ran to hide in a bathroom, where he called 9-1-1.
“There’s some guys,” he told the 9-1-1 operator. “They’re going to kill my mom and dad, can you come please. … Can you come really fast? PLEASE, PLEASE.”
Los Angeles County sheriff’s dispatcher Monique Patino has gotten her fair share of emergency calls, but says this one in particular absolutely terrified her.
“Every call is different but this one was the most horrific for me. I got really shooken up,” she said.
Carlos pleaded with her to “bring cops … lots of them,” adding that she should “bring soldiers too!”
After reassuring the boy that police were on their way, Patino’s heart dropped as she heard the intruders breaking down the bathroom door.
“Once I heard the screams, I’m holding the phone and shaking, in tears. All I can hear is them screaming,” she recalled.
The men demanded to know who the little boy was speaking to, to which he bravely replied, “9-1-1.” Amazingly, the three assailants immediately fled the house. No one was hurt and nothing was stolen. Now Carlos is being hailed a hero, and rightfully so!
“What the boy did is just remarkable,” said Lt. Al Reyes of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Norwalk Station. Learn more about how Carlos saved his mom, dad, and sister in the video below.