05/22/2012 11:23 am ET

Joplin Tornado Anniversary: Remembering The Heroes

On the one-year anniversary of the tornado that claimed 161 lives and injured 1,150 people, Joplin, Mo., residents can take comfort in reflecting on the stories of their heroes. The men, women and children who stepped up to make a difference during moments of severe crisis.

Heroes such as Mark Lindquist, the 51-year-old who risked his life to save three developmentally disabled people. There was also 9-year-old Maddox Prier who only learned speak at age 5, yet managed to warn his family in time to find shelter.

Read through the slideshow below to learn of the hope that arose during a time of utter destruction.