Would you risk your own life to save a stranger’s? It’s a deep thought and one I’m not sure is made so easily. But this heroic young woman did just that and wound up giving her life trying to save others. What a sad story, but an uplifting one as well.

“She had a heart of gold. She would do anything for you. She would try to help anybody that needed help,” said Betty Smith, Jessica’s grandmother. “What she was doing wasn’t stupid or careless. She was trying to help somebody else, to maybe save another life and ended up losing her own.”

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13 (NIV)