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The Right Stuff, What Heroes Are Made Of.

by James Denison / April 2, 2011 12:10 PM PDT

Five students and their families are saved from grief because of one man's life sacrifice to save them.

Paul Simpson, a 40-year-old Australian high school teacher who sacrificed his own life while working to pull five students out of a ferocious undertow during a school snorkeling trip on Surf Coast Beach in Victoria. He suffered a heart attack in the water after seeing his students to safety.

The basketball coach/biology teacher was overseeing the activity, which involved 15 students and two other teachers from Shelford Girls' Grammar School. First a freak wave swamped part of the group, then they were dragged into deep water and pounded by swells caused by a violent rip tide.

Working with the members of the Jan Juc Surf Lifesaving Club, the married father of one was able to help the five girls get safely to shore before going into cardiac arrest himself. Ambulance drivers tried to revive him, but to no avail. (more in article)

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