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Doyle Glass

Author of the upcoming book Benoist’s War

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.

Albert Jacka

Albert Jacka

The battles fought by the Australian Imperial Force at Gallipoli are widely regarded as the defining story of the mettle of the Australian military. On April 25, 1915, Australian soldiers landed at what is now called Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula. By that...

Johaven Gonzales

Johaven Gonzales

  "I remember I could feel the car tilting, then we were going up and down, then we were just flying off." This is how 8-year-old Johaven Gonzales described what it was like to be in a car plunging down a 150 foot embankment.  They had been driving on a mountain...

Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth Barrett

For many years Elizabeth Barrett took in homeless and orphaned children to live in her house on Harrington Street in Cape Town, South Africa.  She clothed them and put them through school.  Early one morning shortly before Christmas 2013 she was cooking breakfast when...

‘Get on my back. I’ll carry you’

‘Get on my back. I’ll carry you’

Sitting at the conference table for her morning meeting, Lt. Col. Marilyn Wills suddenly found herself being thrown across the room to the floor. "I was sitting there complaining to myself that, 'This meeting sure is long,' " she later said. "As soon as I thought...

Police Officer Ramon Suarez

Police Officer Ramon Suarez

Known throughout his community as a mentor and leader, Ramon Suarez volunteered as a track coach at St. Matthias Middle School, where his daughter, nine-year-old Jillian Suarez was a student. Officer Suarez and his partner were stationed at the Delancey Street F-train...

Moira Smith

Moira Smith

Officer Moira Smith's first assignment with the NYPD was to patrol the subways. Early one morning in August, 1991, she was just getting off an 8 hour shift when she heard the crash and groan of twisting metal  in the subway below. She ran through Union Square Station...