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There’s Only One Type of Hero

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, 19 firefighters, including 18 from an elite force called the Granite Mountain Hotshots, lost their lives while battling a wildfire in Yarnell Hill near Central, AZ. I have in-laws in AZ and some colleagues of mine know the family and friends of a few of the fallen. Needless to say we were beyond stunned upon hearing the news; an emotion that I’m sure pales in comparison to what the loved ones of these brave men are going through during this time.

As we watched the news and read the reports on this tragedy, many of us (myself included) placed chins to chest as we realized there was nothing we’ve ever done that compares to the selfless heroic deeds that were part of this firefighting team’s job description.

It also got me thinking about heroism in general; and I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s only one type of hero: The doer.

These protectors literally put their lives on the line as they battled to squelch sweltering flames at close range with hand tools. They were trained to do this, to risk everything for the safety and preservation of others. It doesn’t mean they were without fear or reservations, it simply means they did their job ‘in spite of.’

So far in my life, there is nothing that I’ve done that compares to what these firefighters and other protectors of freedom and humanity do on a daily basis. But as I look at the legacy so many of them have left in their wake, I realize that each of us have the capacity to be a hero – even on a supremely small scale. It simply means putting the doubt, fear and reservations aside and doing it, whatever ‘it’ may be.

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the heroes who defend our country, our freedom, our homes and our lives every day. Thank you for all that you do. For it is not a local or national news report, a medal, a certificate or an acknowledgement, but the act of doing that makes you a hero.

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