As her students sprang into action, Debbie tried to defend herself and was injured. "At that point I realized I needed more help than I knew," Debbie says. "And I said, 'Guys, pin him, now!' They weren't waiting for an invitation. They were there immediately." Scott, Austin and Nimesh (clockwise above) grabbed Ted and restrained him until the police arrived. Debbie says without the intervention of these brave boys, "there's no doubt in my mind that I would have been killed." How did the incident affect the young heroes?
Scott: The incident really changed how I look at my life and how I look at life, but it really hasn't changed my everyday, how I live my life.
Nimesh: [My father] was a little shocked that I had actually done something like this, because, looking at me, I'm not one to jump on someone's back. Every time I see him, and he tells someone the story, he's always got a big smile on his face. I feel like I finally made him proud for once.
Austin: All the little things that I used to take for granted in life I really cherish more, because now I know how easily they can be taken away from me. I mean, it can be anything from my mom cooking me breakfast to, you know, being able to drive to work or something. I just, I cherish everything. And I'm thankful that I have it.
Debbie's ex-husband Ted has been sentenced to jail for 15 years.
When the paramedics arrived, Kathleen's left eyebrow had been detached from the skull and she had multiple teeth marks on her arms and on her back. Joshua's ear was almost completely torn off. He also had bite wounds by his scalp, on his hand and on his arm.
"Thank you for saving my life," Joshua says to Kathleen.
Kathleen says now she carries a small baseball bat in her car so the next time someone needs help, she'll be better prepared.
As David and Andrea prepared for the worst, friends and family rallied to help find a suitable donor. In David's hometown, Jason, a friend from high school and a father himself, heard their heart-wrenching story and believed he could help. Immediately, Jason went in for testing. Doctors needed a donor with a certain body size and blood type for the surgery and, miraculously, Jason was a perfect match.
As Saylor waited on life support, Jason flew hundreds of miles to get to the transplant center. David says, "Jason walked in and said hi to my wife and he went to Saylor's crib and said he was going to save her life." Without a moment to spare, the surgeries began. The transplant operation lasted 11 hours and, despite major complications in both surgeries, the liver transplant was a success. Last weekend was Saylor's first birthday and her hero, Jason, was on hand to celebrate it with her.
"There's no words to say what Jason's done for us," Andrea says. "He's given her a life. A chance to do something in this world. To be a good person. To do something for other people. And of course given us the love of a child and I just don't think that there's any greater gift."
Joel had been driving his gasoline tanker on a Detroit highway when, suddenly, another truck cut into his lane. When his tanker filled with 13,000 gallons of fuel hit the truck, Joel's vehicle flipped on its side, instantly becoming a death trap. Joel jumped through the fire out of the tanker, but then blacked out. Michael, Latoris and Cedric all ran to his rescue. Moments after they pulled him to safety, Joel's tanker exploded.
"My wife and I cannot thank these guys enough," says Joel. "There are no words to put in my mouth to express to them. What they did was so miraculous. They shouldn't even have been there."
Melissa says it was hard to accept Jesse was gone because, due to the delay of overseas postal deliveries, letters continued to arrive after his death. Melissa brought a letter her husband wrote only a few days before he died. He had instructed her to only read it if he didn't come home.
"My family. I never thought I would be writing a letter like this. I really don't know where to start, but I've been getting bad feelings. … [Melissa,] I married you for my lifetime and that's how long I'll be with you. Please keep our babies safe and please find it in your heart to forgive me for leaving you alone. Teach our babies to live life to the fullest and tell yourself to do the same. I will always want you, need you and love you in my heart, my mind and my soul. Do me a favor, after you tuck Toad and Bean in, give them hugs and kisses for me. Go outside and look at the stars and count them. Don't forget to smile. Love always, your husband Jess."