Ordinary Americans Doing Extraordinary Things

A look back at three people: an 84-year-old trailblazer, a husband who wrote a song and a devoted teacher.
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persons of the week. And as this year winds to a close now we thought we'd look back at three ordinary americans, each who did something extraordinary. A devoted teacher, an 84-year-old trail blazer and a husband, who wrote a song. Their screams we will never forget. The children bearing their heads trapped under that tornado hovering overhead. We will also never forget the calm instincts of their teacher, so many teachers in fact. Mrs. Dziedzic, who told them this. It's almost over. It's almost over. Reporter: But there was something else about those brave teachers so many of them parents. And many of them had children someplace else in those schools. Mrs. Dziedzic, who was helping her own students had no idea how her daughter was in the fourth great or her son in the first grade. Both survived, and we saw the moment little sam found his mother, looking up at her concrete grit in his hair. We were the first ones she took back. She showed us where her son was in the back corner of his classroom. And plying on top of him protecting him, his teacher, mrs. Bittle. My son and all of the kids huddled down with their hands clachd behind their heads. Reporter: And this is mrs. Bittle. A lot of those parents are grateful to you. And to them, you would say -- your child is my child. All day long. And all year long. Reporter: It was that same selfless dedication we witnessed from a tiny gladiator named edie windsor whose victory at the supreme court thrust her into the national spotlight. Her victory for same sex marriage, the 84-year-old trail blazer, who as a young girl looked like a classic pin up. But ,says she also had a secret. She got married for a year, then divorced. And then one night met a woman named thea spyer, they began to dance and never stopped. We danced the whole night through. As the song goes. Such that at the end of it, edie had danced a hole through the bottom of her stockings. Reporter: Even if she couldn't wear a wedding ring, she had a circle pin. 42 years together. And edie would become thea's care giver when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, they married two years before thea died. Their story earned the victory at the supreme court. You're still wearing the pin. Yes. I know what she would say, she said, you did it, 00 each. Reporter: We will never forget 96-year-old fred stobaugh, with pencil in hand, determined to remember his wife of 75 years, with a love song. How did I meet loraine? She was a car hop at a & w root beer stand in east peoria. And she brought the trays to the car. Reporter: The year was 1938. Well, she was the prettiest girl I ever saw. I just fell in love with her right there. Reporter: He read an ad in the newspaper about a contest green shoe recording studio asking readers for videos of their own songs. Fred had no video but he had that song. Instead of a video, we received a large manila nfl. A letter from a 96-year-old man who said I've written a song for my wife. Reporter: They told him they were going to record his song and he tried to show them how it goes. They found a singer went into the recording studio and told us how nervous they were when they gave fred those headphones. Tell me when you're ready. Yeah. Okay. ♪ Oh sweet loraine ♪ ♪ I wish we could do the good times over again ♪ Reporter: Fred was overwhelmed, fred's song has now been viewed more than 5 million times. Wonderful. Just wonderful. Good. I'm glad you like it. Reporter: Fred was moved. And so were we. Tonight fred is writing a new song he hopes to have it recorded in time for valentine's day.

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