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8 days, 5 stories of humans being amazing

Dozens of Japanese commuters help free a woman stuck between the platform and a 32-ton train.
Dozens of Japanese commuters help free a woman stuck between the platform and a 32-ton train.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Recent days have seen a spate of heroics
  • Teens on bicycles thwart kidnapping in Pennsylvania
  • River guide gets one chance to save unconscious man
  • Stuntmen at Comic-Con perform real-life rescue

(CNN) -- Every once in a while a story about an individual saving a life makes a big splash. But it's rare to find five such stories of bravery clustered together in fewer than eight days.

From the teens who thwarted a kidnapping to the real-life superheroes who emerged at Comic-Con, here are five examples plucked from a week of headlines about human beings risking their own lives in some cases to assist their fellow travelers:

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