I think it's a natural thing to want to find stories of heroes and helpers after a disaster. If you want a reminder of how amazing humans can be, you might check out the story of Hideaki Akaiwa of Ishinomaki in Japan:
Now, I'm sure you're wondering what the fuck is more intense than commandeering a wet suit, face-punching a tsunami and dragging your wife of two decades out of the flooded wreckage of your home, but, no shit, it gets even better. You see, Hideaki's mother also lived in Ishinomaki, and she was still unaccounted for. I think you all know where this is going.Click through
for all the details, including Hideaki-san's personal oath to keep going back
into the wreckage on his own to find people and help them to safety.
On his bike, no less. *grin*