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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.

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...

Eugene Bullard

Eugene Bullard

While a black pilot was unprecedented in 1916, accepting challenges and overcoming obstacles was nothing new for Eugene Jacques Bullard. Born on October 9, 1894, he was the youngest son among 10 children, three of whom died in childbirth. His father, Octave Bullard,...

“Hang on. I’m going”

“Hang on. I’m going”

San Diego police officer Jonathan Wiese, a Marine and 20 year veteran of the police force, is scared of heights.  But that didn't stop him from tying one end of a 100 foot K-9 leash around his waist, handing the other end to his buddies, and rappelling down a 30 foot...

“Everything will be OK”

“Everything will be OK”

The Feb 1 military coup in Myanmar has been rebuked by the international community and resisted by the people of Myanmar, who resent having the results of their election nullified by a group of corrupt generals. Unlike previous resistance movements in 1998, 2007 and...