In my time as a firefighter (coming up on 10 years)...I have never heard a fellow firefighter or EMT refer to themselves as a hero. We dont look at it like that at all..we just do the job.
You follow instinct,training and dont ever look back, but at the same time,..watch out all around.
The people I see as heroes on a daily basis are little kids that are battling some disease,..and they still smile.
Or the guy who saves a life at the swimming pool because he knew CPR.
Or the person who stands up and stops something from happening that shouldnt happen in this world instead of standing idly by.
I was a common street musician at the world trade center prior to 9-11-2001.
The 343 NYFD members who perished that day are my heroes.
They motivated me with a powerful calling to be there for the random person in need,...and those 343 promises are being kept,..one by one,..everyday.
I made 343 promises on 9-11,....and I keep them everyday. It just has to be that way for me.
The only person I ever met that did something similar in the civilian world was a nurse,...she is my heroine.
Then I met the first class of US Marines to graduate after 9-11. They are my heroes.
They knew what was coming and they didnt look back.....
Heroes are seen by others,...not by themselves.
Anyone can be one,...just be there for others..............