Position Paper on Heroes
On September 11th 2001, New York City, Washington D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania all came face to face with an unthinkable tragedy. When the emergency response teams were sent out to the sites, they had no idea what they were going to experience. They helped others to safety and then turned right back around to help someone else. These are America's real heroes. As The United States changes because of these tragic events, the focus of our heroes should be placed on everyday people and not sports and movie stars.
"A hero should be someone who unselfishly does something for someone else, regardless of danger." Marylyn Schwartz wrote this in the Houston Chronicle on Monday, October 8, 2001. Do sports stars face much danger to make a touchdown, goal, homerun, etc.? Not really. They may face the danger of breaking bones or getting some pretty nasty bruises, but that's about it. All too often these are the people that children look to as a heroic figure. Little boys think Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds are some of the greatest people ever born. Granted that they all performed an amazing feat, but that makes them no more qualified to obtain the status of heroic. Little girls are looking to Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Christina Alguilera as role models and sources of encouragement. They should be looking at the women who put their life on the line as police officers and peacekeepers.
A local hero died early Saturday morning after he battled a six-alarm fire in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas. Fire Captain Jay Jahnke and his crew went up to the fifth floor of the burning to aid people in evacuating. Once the fire reached the floor they were on, he was overcome by smoke and trapped inside with only a limited amount of oxygen in his tank. A four-person rescue crew was able to get him out of the building, but later died at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Jahnke was a 20-year veteran of the Houston...
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