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12 heartwarming stories from San Antonio prove Alamo City is having best year ever

12 must-read stories from San Antonio in 2017

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio is filled with great stories and KSAT has had the honor of covering many heartwarming moments throughout the years.

2017 is no exception, from high school football players who go the extra mile to H-E-B employees who took a stuffed rabbit on an adventure to reunite him with his owner to a very special prom. 

San Antonio is a great city to live in but it’s the people who make the Alamo City truly something special.

As the city approaches the big 3-0-0 and gets ready for its Tricentennial celebration, take a look back at 12 heartwarming stories from 2017:

Prom night held for special needs community at Morgan’s Wonderland 
With nice hair and makeup for the ladies and fresh shoeshines for the guys, the Night to Shine event was a smash hit.

Elderly man humbled after receiving shoes from Holmes High School cross-country team 
Holmes High School students gifted a pair of running shoes to Manfred Schumacher, 86, who walks 3 miles every day at Holmes Husky Track. The school's cross-country team decided it was time to highlight Schumacher’s commitment and officially make him part of the team by presenting him with a new pair of running shoes.

SA woman gives birth in back seat of car
This couple had a birth plan but their daughter wasn’t waiting. This incredible woman delivered her own baby in the back of the family car on the way to the hospital.

Viral video shows SAPD officer teaching children to salsa dance
A noise complaint call turned into a salsa dance lesson for a local children’s dance club, NXG Dance Crew.

SAFD paramedics help paraplegic mom get her home, life back
A single mother had to quit working after a botched surgery left her a paraplegic. Mindy Silvestre used to have to shower outside, even in 40-degree weather, but thanks to the help of San Antonio ambulance paramedics, she’s getting the help she deserves.

Precocious toddler from San Antonio getting worldwide attention for adorable viral video
One mother said she was having a “salon talk” with her daughter, Jayde, when she started responding with some adorable phrases.

Soldier’s memorabilia found at garage sale returned to family 75 years later
It was a moment Patricia Hackbert could have never anticipated. Her hands shook as she was handed a letter President Truman wrote to her late husband. Hackbert was tracked down with help from KSAT viewers. 

Girl who prays with SAPD officers took photo with fallen officer two months before his death
A photo of a young girl, Paige, praying with San Antonio police officers has received nationwide attention. But just two months before that special prayer, she shared a special moment with fallen SAPD Officer Miguel Moreno when he stopped to talk to her and her siblings during his shift.

‘Oh my God, it’s Daddy’: Birthday surprise from Army dad goes viral
Despite being more than 1,200 miles away from San Antonio and missing his daughter’s birthday for the first time, David Villegas was still able to put a smile on his baby girl’s face with a special Build-A-Bear gift.

Sheriff’s deputy overcoming rare cancer diagnosis with musical expression
An army veteran turned Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy was diagnosed with a very rare cancer but that doesn’t stop him from healing through music. Brandon Rivas plays bass and has even performed at Carnegie Hall.

H-E-B employees go to great lengths to reunite boy with beloved stuffed ‘Rabby’
A boy was reunited with his beloved stuffed rabbit after losing it at his local H-E-B -- all thanks to employees of the Texas grocery giant.

O’Connor football team throws teen surprise birthday party after no one showed up to first party
After no one showed for Diego Hernandez's 14th birthday party, members of the O'Connor High School varsity football team took matters into their own hands.