Super Ordinary Heroes
True Stories of Big-hearted AlbertansBook - 2006
They are your neighbours across the back fence. They are someone you work with. They are a best friend's grandparent. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are super ordinary heroes in Alberta."
-- From the Introduction by T.J. Georgi.
In Super Ordinary Heroes , journalists T. J. Georgi and Lisa Wojna turn the spotlight on a group of dedicated, selfless Albertans who in ways great and small have helped make this world a better place. Not all of their names are well known, but their stories are universal.
The tales in Super Ordinary Heroes run the gamut from exciting to heart-wrenching:
Read about the Olympic diver who risked life and limb to save a pregnant woman after her car plunged into the Bow River.
Learn of the men who risked it all to help a forest ranger after an attack by a black bear in the
wilds of the Rocky Mountain foothills.
Follow the dramatic saga of a woman's
race against time to find a new kidney and the donor who saved her life.
Trek through the rugged mountains of Nepal with a university professor intent on taking light into the darkness.
Visit with a group of courageous children living under the cloud of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Read of one man's heroic battle to survive after saving his wife and children from a burning building.
And take a lesson from a cancer-stricken woman who spent the last days of her life
pleading with Alberta's teens to stop smoking.
Georgi and Wojna bring these stories to life through in-depth interviews and research that offer a rare glimpse into the lives Albertans who gave of their time, money, even their very safety to help others. Many of the people in this book are reluctant to take the credit, but Georgi and Wojna aren't afraid to call these people what they really are - Super Ordinary Heroes.