Alexis Goggins, 2007
Girls can be heroes too, as this chilling story aptly demonstrates. During the cold Detroit winter of 2007, a woman named Selethia Parker took her 7-year-old daughter Alexis Goggins over to a friend’s house because their heat wasn’t working. On the way, she was ambushed by ex-boyfriend Calvin Tillie, who took them and the friend hostage. Tillie eventually panicked at a gas station and pulled his gun on Parker, shooting her twice. That’s when things turned crazy, as young Alexis boldly threw her body into the line of fire screaming, “Don’t shoot my mommy!” Tillie put six bullets into the little girl before panicking and trying to run. Parker, still alive thanks to her daughter’s brave act, managed to knock the gun out of his hands and hold him until police and an ambulance arrived. Alexis survived her injuries and was hailed as a hero.