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, usually in disregard for their own safety. And most of them don’t even consider themselves heroes. They usually say that they are just doing what needed to be done.

This page is devoted to telling the stories of heroism, and to keeping alive the memory of those who have sacrificed to help others.

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Christopher A. Celiz

Christopher A. Celiz

Katie Celiz remembers meeting her future husband. Both were high school kids working at a supermarket in Summerville, South Carolina. One evening just before closing she couldn't find her jacket, which she always hung in the break room. Looking out at the parking lot,...

Nathan Day

Nathan Day

Early in the morning of July 28, 2022, Nathan Day was helping his son get ready for work, when he got a message from a neighbor asking him  to help save her grandchildren. Day, whose home is on a hill in Eastern Kentucky, stepped outside to see what was going on. "I...

William Reeder

William Reeder

Shot down over Vietnam in May of 1972, Captain William Reeder crawled with a broken back and swollen ankle for three days before he was captured by the North Vietnamese. He was interrogated, tortured and threatened with death. Reeder was an Army helicopter pilot...

Mr. Philips Radio

Mr. Philips Radio

Kaunas, Lithuania--July 1940 The Soviets have just annexed Lithuania, and fear grips the community of thousands of Jewish refugees who fled Poland the previous year. They scramble to find a way to escape to the free world, for they will not only be persecuted for...

Phyllis Latour

Phyllis Latour

Normandy, France, May, 1944 23-year-old Phyllis Latour jumps from a US Air Force bomber and parachutes into occupied Normandy to gather intelligence on Nazi positions in preparation for D-Day. She uses an entrenching tool strapped to her leg to bury her 'chute and...

Smart Move By Young Hero

Smart Move By Young Hero

At 10 PM on June 15, 2022. 17-year-old Anthony Zhongor was sitting in his car, parked on a dock on Long Island when he saw a car drive off the dock, straight into the bay. Mr. Zhongor ran to the edge of the dock and saw the car sinking. Its occupant was trapped...