There are no age classifications when it comes to being a hero.

We’ve had a couple people make the news in the past month — a senior citizen woman and a young boy — for what we would term heroic acts.

Gail Bantes, an 82-year-old crossing guard in Peshtigo, pushed two girls out of the way of an oncoming car. She was then struck by the vehicle causing an injury to her back.

The woman driving the car, according to reports, told officers she was blinded by the sun and did not see the children.

We’re not here to chastise the driver, but common sense has to prevail when driving in bright, sunny weather compounded by snow and icy conditions and high snow banks. Driving slowly and carefully is the way to go.

Bantes, who also drove school bus for more than 40 years, obviously is devoted to helping children. She proved it by putting herself in harm’s way to save two girls from potentially being injured.

The next hero story is a bit different, but equally selfless. Jaxon Smith, a 12-year-old Marinette Middle School student, grew his hair out for 3 ½ years so he could donate his locks to a program called Wigs for Kids, which provides wigs for young girls battling cancer.

Smith’s hair was cut Feb. 9 and his mother, Angie Smith, told the EagleHerald, there was enough hair to provide two full wigs.

His hair — 16 inches long when it was cut — made for five 14-inch and six 16-inch ponytails.

Jaxon said he donated his hair in honor of his grandmother, who twice battled breast cancer, and in memory of his mom’s childhood friend who died of cancer at age 16.

He also said he didn’t want young girls going through chemotherapy to get picked on because of their looks. Ironically, he said he got picked on for his long hair and was in the principal’s office because of scraps he got into about his looks.

Jaxon’s mom told how her son was called a girl by unknowing restaurant workers, Wal-Mart greeters and even a wrestling referee.

Through it all, Jaxon took the high road and kept his eye on the prize — in his case, growing his hair long enough to help others.

Angie said the actions of her son even amazed her. “You are changing the world with one simple act,” she said of her son … “it kind of makes you realize that on any given day you can really make a difference.”

We applaud young Jaxon and Gail Bantes, the crossing guard. Two area residents separated by 70 years, but united in their actions by helping others.