Modern Day Heroes

With the recent fall from Grace of two popular sports figures it left me thinking.. Who are the modern day heroes? Who are the people we admire the most? It seems every time the media has appointed us a role model there is a fall from grace. No doubt this is a hard job to live up too. Nobody is perfect. Are we left to only to the big screen to find who are heroes are? This hub will be exploration of who we look to in a time of need.

You can tell we are in a recession from the types of movies that have been playing, Have you noticed that there have been a lot of superhero movies lately? Iron man, Batman and now the Watchmen? We are just searching for someone to be a hero these days.. someone to look up to. In reality most of us look up to our parents to be our role-models or heroes. CNN.com does a nice job with introducing everyday men and women who are stepping up to the plate.   They have over a years worth of heroes that have been nominated monthly.  Take for example the story of Liz Mccartney, who began a non profit organization that has rebuilt 120 homes for Hurricane Katrina victims.  Or Scott Silverman who developed the Second Chance Non profit organization.  This organization helps train and place people in jobs with the appropriate mental health support.  See link below for more details and heroes.

A hero is defined as one who faces adversity and danger from a position  of weakness. He or she will display self sacrifice for the greater good.  Who do we we know these days that has done that?  Current media shows us a few heroes.  Chesely Sully Sullenberger comes to mind.  He is the plane captain that manuvered his plane into the Hudson  with out bringing harm to anyone.

Heroes come in all sizes. A seven year old girl saves her mother form a gunman who was going to shoot her while driving her SUV.  The girl was shot six times and lost an eye, but is still smiling today.  Read the story in the link below!

Captain Richard Phillips

 Captain Richard Phillips  of the Ship Alabama Maersk offered himself to avoid his crew from being harmed.  Luckily he was rescued when snipers were able to take out her pirates in his lifeboat. The pirates were headed towards the coast of Somalia.  Hero recognition should also go out to the Navy Snipers who rescued the Captain!

Ellen Basinski

The elderly generation is not with out it's heroes. Take for example the story of Ellen Basinski, of Ohio. While the 70 year old woman was on the phone with her husband (a judge by the way)when not one but four people invaded her home and stared going through her things. She described on person was going through her purse. So what is a 70 year old angry woman to do? She grabbed her favorite Emeril Lagasse pan and "BAM" started hitting her intruders with it. The others reacted by throwing a bottle of Jack Daniels at her to make her stop... but she did not. Luckily her husband had the police called and they took the intruders away!. Unfortunately for Ms Basininski, they had to take her favorite pot in for evidence. This distressed her so as it was her favorite pot. However, Emeril Lagasse heard about her predicament and is not replacing her post along with many other of his cookware. Way to go Emeril!

Nick Scott and Arnold
Nick Scott and Arnold

Nick Scott

 And yes sometimes heroes can have a disablity.  In the instance of Nick Scott.  He became a paraplegic as a result of a car wreck.  He had titanium  rods bolted to  his spine and was told he would never walk again.  After grieving his loss Nick turned his life around and became a wheelchair body builder. Wheelchair body building gave him life and purpose again.  He was inspired so much that he became the founder on the largest online wheelchair bodybuilder community. ( link listed below) He has brought the art of wheelchair body building to the forefront .  Besides winning the heavyweight division in wheel chair body building he has even started a first ever wheelchiar body building camp in 2008.  He has encouraged others to participate in the sport so that they may expeerice the wholeness he has. His ultimate goal is to add the wheel chair body building to the Arnold Classic and to the Olympia Stage. Thank You Nick Scott for being an inspiration to  others by example.  May you touch the lives of many!

 It seems that little recognition went to the bank teller in St George Utah.   He noticed a man cashing out his life savings.  The man, Daniel James Murray, made statements about bieng on a mission to klill the President.  The bank teller alerted authorites and Mr. Murray was arrested.  Imagine what would have happened if the teller had not made the report.

 Heroes come in all sizes!.  Check out link below to read the story of a six year old who drove his fahter's car 2 miles when he passed out from low blood sugar!

Marc Buoniconti

 Marc Buoniconti  recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated ( August 2009)in celebration of his heroism.  This hero has endured a truly tough life.  Mr Buoniconti became a quadriplegic playing college football. To get the full effect of Mr Bouniconti's struggle you need to read the article in SI. It made this blogger take notice.  But what I really took notice of was the statement " I dont' thin there is any help for me, but I want to get other people out of wheelchairs."  I very impressive statement from a man who has been confined to one for nearly 20 years. In that 20 years he has managed to become the president of the Miami Project, where he heads 250 people trying to make a difference. After his accident Mr Bouncinonti unwittingly became the spokesperson for the Miami Project.  The research center had a face and a story.  the story and the face was able to  raise millions of dollars for the center.  The Miami Project admits they would be nothing if not for Marc.  The money he has help raise has not cured paralysis but has been able to make progress.

The Passengers and Crew of flight 253

 Passengers aboard Flight 253 were heading for Detroit on Christmas Day.  Passengers became concerned when they heard a popping sound and observed sparks coming from another passenger.  That Passenger was Ulmar Farouk Abdalmutallab, a terrorist who is linked with Al Qaeda.  His intent was to blow up the airplane with 300 passengers and crew.  Fortunately Jasper Schuringa, a passenger aboard the flight was able to take notice and was the first to jump on the terrorist.  Other passengers followed after realizing what was going on. Jasper stated he was able to take the burning object from the terrorist and extinguish it with his hands.  The quick thinking of the passengers stopped what could have been an horrific incident.  Cheers to Denmark for implementing a scanning system they were going to put on hold directly after the incident.

 A poll taken at a parenting website states that 52% of parents polled believed that there children looked up to their family and friends.  Followed by 25% of parents that believe their children look up to sports figures.  Teachers, political and historical figures  are the lowest in line.  Who are your heroes?  take the poll below!

Who is your hero?

  • Parent
  • Political figure
  • Armed forces personnel
  • Sports figures
  • teachers and coaches
  • Media stars
See results without voting

So as you can see heroes can come in all shapes and sizes. Heroes can be of any race gender or age. Who are your heroes? The President? Your neighbor? Your mother? father? grandfather? Let me know in the comments below! In a time when there is so much bad news it is often refreshing to hear something good!

Andy Rooney

 Andy Rooney sums it up well stating there is not much opportunity to be heroic when we are at peace!

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lilyfly 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Thanks for a really uplifting article. You know, I guess God is my biggest hero, or maybe my dog. Backwards or forwards, their both pretty good! Thanks again! lilyfly


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Thank you Arthur! I really have to get to updating this hub!


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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

Saw this page when Hub pages invited me to link to it through page-links where the word heroes appeared in one of my pages - decided I'd see where the link brought me - great page - happy to be linked to you.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

go to my profile and email me essay man!


Essay Man 5 years ago

i need your actually name Ms Cheivious. i need it so i can properly site this hub in my essay


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Muktu 6 years ago

This is one of the best hubs I've read in a while. Thanks for the great read!


chasingcars 6 years ago

Excellent idea. We need to focus on the positives in our lives right now. Those making great sacrifices for the greater good are given far less attention that the jerks. There is a reason--the jerkiness has not stopped happening, but still. . . Good hub.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Thank You Denise! :)


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Ms Chievous: Great job on bringing out the importance of who our children follow! I hyperlinked my hub: Sacrifices of Fathers, to this when it popped up under 'role models'. Hope that was ok.


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David Harvey 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

That's a nice Hub, Ms Chievous. (And thanks for dropping by my Hubs earlier today as well). All the world loves a hero but the mass media sometimes uses the term a little too freely. Newspapers especially (its those darn sub-editors actually) love to throw the word 'Brave' into their headlines as well. It looks good in print. To my way of thinking, a brave person if someone who is scared sh*tless, but goes ahead and does what he or she knows has to be done - for the good of others. Someone who doesn't know fear is a fool. As for heroes, I like your definition. There has to be some fear, risk and adversity in the act for it to be heroic. And usually that doesn't include someone just doing their job. Cheers, David.


JeSsIe  6 years ago

its so very nice that many heroes in our worLD..

OUR HEROES CAN GIVE THEIR Sself just to save is..


MacGyver_2 6 years ago

my Hero : John Dimitri NEGROPONTE

Hope this Great Fabulous MAN will do in Middle East what He did in Nicaragua


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CaptainAustralia 7 years ago from Australia

Courage is not being fearless, only psychopaths have no fear. Courage is being afraid, but moving forward anyway.

I think a hero is someone who has the courage to put the welfare of society ahead of their own personal welfare. With that definition, you could apply it to personnel in the armed forces, firefighters, policemen, and also as someone said, dedicated parents, teachers, etc

Take a moment to applaud the heroes in your life - you dont know how much they need your help, need to hear that you appreciate them.

Captain Australia

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Lissa Lynn 7 years ago from upstate NY

Great hub! You make a lot of good points, it's the everyday heroes that deserve the accolades in my mind. The single mom working three jobs to give her kids a better life. People like that, who struggle just like everyone else are the ones that I want to hear about.


Bombreezy 7 years ago

Good job!! im puttn dis in my bibliography for an essay!! thanks!muchas gracias ms chievious


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Stevennix2001 7 years ago

Wow, this is a really great blog you put up. Keep up the good work.


Bill Beavers 7 years ago

I suspect this economy is going to create heroes that didn't know they could be. Enjoyed your hub.

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