Dutch Police Demonstrate How They Use Trained Eagles To Take Down Rogue Drones

With an increasing number of drones in the skies, police in the Netherlands have been training eagles to take intercept drones that are believed to be posing a danger to the public, such as airports and restricted, sensitive areas. “Despite concerns raised by animal rights groups, the police say the birds are not in any danger.” The Dutch “winged warriors” could go into action as early as next summer.
[Signals Daily / AFP News Agency / The Guardian] [H/T:Laughing Squid]

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Heroic Maryland School Bus Driver Saves 20 Kids From Burning School Bus

When her school bus started on fire Monday afternoon in College Park, Maryland, bus driver Reneita Smith made sure the 20 elementary school students onboard made it off safely. Not only did she help the each one of the 20 kids off the bus safely, she went back onto the burning bus to make sure everyone was out. Smith says, “As I’m driving that bus, they’re my babies. I’m their mom until I drop them off to their biological moms.” There were no injuries in the incident and the official cause is still being investigated.
[NBC Washington / Mark Brady]

Dashcam Footage From A Local Volunteer Firefighter

New Zealand Firefighters Honor 9/11 Victims With Powerful Haka

Over the weekend, more than 160 firefighters in New Zealand gathered at the Sky Tower in Auckland for the Memorial Firefighter Stair Climb, an event that commemorates “the New York City firefighters killed on 9/11 and the New Zealand Fire Service firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.” After reading the names of all 343 firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11, and the names of all 57 New Zealand firefighters who lost their lives while serving, firefighters performed a powerful and emotional Haka to honor those lost. Afterwards firefighters climbed 1,103 stairs to the top of the Sky Tower, some firefighters even climbed the stairs twice.
[New Zealand Fire Service / Yahoo New Zealand / NZ Herald]