American Success Stories

American Success stories are those of any American, natural-born or immigrant, who has excelled as an entrepreneur, made a difference in one’s community by inspiring others to excel, or in any other way made a positive impact on our country.

6_9-12-07 August 1, 2016

Woman Makes It Her Life’s Work To Train Search And Rescue Dogs

Among hundreds of first responders in the Oklahoma City bombing, was another kind of hero, the four-legged kind. Two dozen K-9 teams searched for victims and survivors. One was a trainer from California and she’s made it her life’s work to honor the victims. Nearly 20 years ago, Wilma Melville created a foundation to train search and rescue K-9’s. To honor the birthplace of the... Read More

March 28, 2016

Inspiring Amputee Model Posts Bikini Snaps Showing Off Her Prosthetic Limb

Instagram accounts which feature girls stunning selfies and thousands of followers are hardly unusual. However, 21-year-old Paola Antonini’s popular account is not ordinary but rather extraordinary, as it also boasts one inspiring story. The Brazilian model uses her Instagram to show off her prosthetic limb – the result of a tragic car accident in 2014, when Antonini was hit by a drunk driver. It left... Read More
January 14, 2016

America’s oldest teacher at 102 still going strong at New Jersey private school

America’s oldest teacher turned 102 on Tuesday, and is still going strong. Agnes Zhelesnik works 35 hours a week at the private Sundance School in New Jersey, teaching very young students how to cook and sew. The Watchung resident, who began working as a teacher when she was 81, has no plans to stop anytime soon. “These children have to grow up to be a... Read More
September 30, 2015

Steve Bean Completes Iron Man Day After Burying Son

The test was likely as emotional as it was physical for Steve Bean. The Chattanooga father completed the Ironman 2015 only one day after burying the son he was supposed to compete beside. “It was a year-long process that we had done together, every single day,” Bean said. “And I needed to finish what I, what we, had started.” Bean’s son Cameron died the Monday... Read More
August 3, 2015

7th Soldier Recovering from Spinal Injury

A heroic act to save a drowning girl last Saturday left a Special Forces soldier paralyzed. Sgt. First Class Tim Brumit, a 32-year-old member of the Army Special Forces Group (Airborne), suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury on Saturday when he attempted to save a 13-year-old girl who was in danger of drowning at Crab Island. When he heard the girl’s family’s cries of distress,... Read More
July 13, 2015

EP Perspectives: Interview with Heidi Dohse

Heidi Dohse is an endurance cyclist and pacemaker patient whose goal is to provide hope and inspiration to people with heart disease and their families. In this article, she shares her incredible story with us. Tell us about first being diagnosed at age 18. When did you receive your first pacemaker implant and ablation? At the time I was a competitive skier and professional windsurfer,... Read More
June 26, 2015

Iron Cowboy

James Lawrence is in the process of trying to achieve what is arguably one of the most incredible athletic feats ever. Have you heard of the Ironman Triathlon? 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride capped off by a marathon (26.2 miles) – all in the same day. James is in the midst of 50/50/50. 50 Ironmen events on 50 consecutive days... Read More
June 26, 2015

Photo of local officer feeding baby goes viral

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Several police departments have been in the news lately, and not all of it has been good. But one local officer is getting world-wide attention for a positive action. A picture of Overland Park police officer Andy Black was taken at Oak Park mall and has since gone viral because of what the officer is doing in the photo. “It was... Read More
November 21, 2014

Maine logger hailed a hero after crawling into sunken car to save baby

A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said. The baby wasn’t breathing and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, police said. Leo Moody, 44, of Kingman, was driving home from work Monday when he... Read More