Forest Fire Rescuer
Shawn Waite was deemed a hero after he led a group of people to safety during a forest fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Waite was fleeing his own home, which eventually burned down, when he came upon a group of scared tourists. He proceeded to lead them through thick smoke to deliver them to safety. When a local reporter tried to call him a hero he said, “I did something that I would hope anyone else would do in a situation like that,” says Shawn Waite. He doesn’t consider himself a hero but the people he saved definitely did.