On the morning of September 11, 2001, there were many who got out of bed and went to work just like any other morning, but had no idea they would be conducting heroic acts in the nations most horrific attack. It’s the stuff of action films, but the truth is that many of us have that spark of instinct, action, and sacrifice within that is the mark of the hero, and ignites when danger is at hand.
Welles Crowther, a young equities trader, took it upon himself to facilitate the evacuation of dozens in the south tower, then perished in the towers collapse. There were the 40 passengers on Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania that had no idea they would be apart of a coordinated act of bravery to divert terrorism from possibly striking our nation’s capitol. Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz, construction workers in the tower, saved 77 lives on the 88th floor in the north tower. Rick Rescorla, head of security at Morgan Stanley, evacuated 2700 employees, rushed back in to help more, then died after the collapse of the south tower. These are just a few examples of those who acted with heroic instinct.
Then, there are those who choose to be hero’s everyday in their job roles and are ready to respond to that call at any time. The firefighters, policemen, medical, and rescue workers who responded on the morning of 9/11 are many and you can learn more about them at www.firehouse.com.
I believe that being a hero doesn’t require that you die in an act of heroism, just that you act with a spirit of self-sacrifice when the time is at hand. As the dictionary puts it:
“A hero or heroine is someone who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice and is marked by a desire for the greater good of humanity.”
We at criminaljusticeschoolinfo.com want to take this opportunity to recognize the hero’s of September 11, 2001 on this tenth anniversary and hope to encourage those of you who wish to pursue careers that are “heroic” by their very nature.