As 2012 comes to a close, we've remembered the celebrities who took their final bows this year – the actors, the musicians, the notable women from all walks of life. But we can't let the year end without also remembering some very special ordinary folks who became extraordinary through their acts of bravery. In 2012, we mourned patriots and soldiers, freedom fighters and a determined voter, a pioneering doctor and a trio of astronauts, inspirational children and selfless teachers. Today we honor these heroes and more who died in 2012.
Written by Linnea Crowther