- An hour-long CNN special looks at five extraordinary people
- For some, their actions in the midst of chaos and crises saved lives
- For one, he touched other lives with his music in the midst of his suffering
(CNN)They're not rich and famous -- they're just regular people -- but that didn't stop them from being extraordinary. The following five people transformed into heroes in 2013 after they made some selfless and inspirational split-second decisions.