Remembering Real Heroes

We have repeated this countless times but it bears reiteration- Courage is not the absence of fear. It is not recklessly rushing round, regardless of the repercussions. When you hear about some soldier risking their life to help or save someone, it is not the actually event that they achieve that strikes us, usually.

What captures our minds or inspires us is the fact that someone would volunteer for a job where they know that such a situation is likely to happen. After 9/11, the New York Fire Department and the NYPD received world wide recognition not because they were Good Samaritans who arrived on the scene and took action. They were praised because they had known the challenges and trials they would face, had trained for them and, when they were faced with the worst of worst possible scenarios, they rose to the call and did not falter.

That is Courage– not the courage of a madman to blow a building up, but the courage of a hero to help people out of it, to search for their bodies; all the while knowing what the most likely outcome could be and how badly everything could go.

Originally Posted 3/24/10

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One Response to “Remembering Real Heroes”

  1. mike says:

    It’s not often that we get to see such bold acts of courage such as these.

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