Lifesavers top list of heroes in Turkey

Sacrificing your own life to rescue others was the ultimate heroism of 2014, as seen in the death of a Turkish woman in Germany. Putting in an effort to save lives, risking one's self to inform others and standing up to protect a park were other actions lauded in Turkey this year. Here is our list: 1) Tuğçe Albayrak

A 22-year-old student of Turkish-descent, Tuğçe Albayrak, went into a coma on Nov. 15 after she intervened between three men who were harassing two women in a restaurant in the German city of Offenbach. After doctors pronounced her brain dead after two weeks in a coma, her parents decided to take her off of life support on Nov. 28, her 23rd birthday. Hundreds of Germans attended the funeral. (Click here to read more about this story)

2) Şükrü Deniz

A cleaning worker in the Central Anatolian province of Eskişehir, Şükrü Deniz, caught a 4-year-old girl who fell from a seventh floor window on Nov. 28, saving her life while risking his own. After he was declared a hero on Turkish social media, Deniz said "a thank you message was enough" for him as a prize. (Click here to read more about this story)

3) Bünyamin Aygün

Daily Milliyet journalist Bünyamin Aygün was kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) while he was reporting from Syria in November. He was freed after 40 days in captivity at the hands of an organization notorious for killing journalists. The journalist said he spent 20 days with his hands handcuffed and eyes blindfolded as militants threatened to "cut him into pieces." Aygün went back to work at his newspaper. (Click here to read more about this story)

4) Hamdi Ulukaya

Turkey-born Hamdi Ulukaya, the...

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