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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.

The Quiet Hero of 9/11

The Quiet Hero of 9/11

27-year-old Jason Thomas was dropping off his daughter to his mother in Long Island when he heard that planes had hit the twin towers. “Someone needed help. It didn’t matter who. I didn’t even have a plan. But I have all this training as a Marine, and all I could...

Lincoln Leibner

Lincoln Leibner

Army Captain Lincoln Lebner was probably the first person to rush in and help the victims of the 911 attack on the Pentagon. Captain Leibner was not scheduled to come in to work at his office in the Pentagon until later that day, but when he saw the second plane hit...

Peter James Ganci Jr.

Peter James Ganci Jr.

"I'M NOT LEAVING MY MEN". On September 11, 2001, Peter James Ganci Jr. had 33 years with the FDNY. He was the FDNY Chief of Department, the highest ranking uniformed fire officer in the department. Immediately after the North Tower was hit at 8:46 A.M., Chief Ganci...

The Man In the Red Bandanna

The Man In the Red Bandanna

At 9:03 on September 11, 2001, nearly 200 people were on the 78th floor sky lobby in the South Tower of the World Trade Center waiting for elevators to take them down to safety when the second plane hit, engulfing them in debris, smoke and flames. Only 18 would...

Daniel Elwood Stockwell

Daniel Elwood Stockwell

When Principal Daniel Stockwell learned of an active shooter and hostage situation at his high school in East Swanzey, N.H., he immediately went to the classroom where 15 seventh grade students were being held, and offered himself in exchange. The gunman, a...

Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann

This is the time of year when kids head back to school, and 5-year-olds start kindergarten. 68 years ago, one little girl was turned away from kindergarten. The school informed her parents that she could not come to school because she was a fire hazard. That "fire...