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Doyle Glass

Author of the upcoming book Une Vie d’Honneur

What makes a hero?

The first thing that comes to mind is a person of extraordinary abilities and larger-than-life personality.  But in reality, most heroes are ordinary people acting in the best interest of others, often in disregard for their own safety.  In the words of renowned psychologist Philip Zimbardo, “… the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward.”

Here is a collection of short articles about ordinary heroes.

Geertruida Wijsmuller-Meijer

Geertruida Wijsmuller-Meijer

Following the events of Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938, Britain eased immigration restrictions to allow Jewish children under the age of 17 to enter the country as refugees. thus began the Kindertransport (Children's Transport) and the efforts of Wijsmuller-Meijer...

A Nine Year Old Hero

A Nine Year Old Hero

On a rainy morning ten years ago, nine year old Anaiah Rucker and her five year old sister dashed out the front door of their home in Madison, Georgia and hurried across the street in pouring rain to catch their school bus. They had their hoodies up so did not see an...

Courage Under Fire

Courage Under Fire

1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner spent all of his 2+ years of duty in combat, fighting in four amphibious assaults and eight campaigns, including Anzio. He was wounded three times, and saw many of his buddies die in battle. At the end of WWII he returned to his home in...

Praise of Risk

Praise of Risk

"When there really is a danger that must be faced in order to survive, as for example during the Blitz in London, there is a strong incentive for action, dedication, and surpassing oneself," Anne Dufourmantelle told an interviewer in  2015.  Dr. Dufourmantelle was an...

Eric Talley

Eric Talley

Eric Talley was respected by fellow officers and the community in Boulder, Colorado.  They knew him as a man who loved his job and his family, and would do whatever it took to protect the community he was sworn to serve.  He looked out for his little sister when they...

Gary “Mike” Rose

Gary “Mike” Rose

He had a hole in his arm, and another one in his foot that was big enough to slide his finger through. He had just been thrown from a helicopter moments before it crashed.  But that did not stop Sergeant Gary Michael Rose from treating wounded comrades and saving...