Imagine what the world would be like if there were no heroes. Villains would become the norm, and we would no longer have anyone to admire or imitate. Joy and hope would be a thing of that past, only written in the literature to remind us of once was. The world would fall into profound depression as hope fades into the abyss. Fortunately, we do not live in this world, and heroes are all around us. Some look to celebrities, while others flock too noble professions. Both can be heroic in their way. However, there are numerous ways to be defined as a hero. All that is needed is character people can look up to while striving to better themselves and those around them.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a hero as "A person admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities." A hero has many disciplines. They could be the lead character in a book, play, or movie, illuminated by excellent characteristics. Maximus Decimus Meridius was a Roman General in the film Gladiator. He was betrayed and forced into slavery to compete as a gladiator. All odds were against him. However, he fought to win his freedom and, while doing so, was able to give Rome back to the people. The people labeled him "The Savior of Rome."
Another discipline is our military, police officers, firefighters, first responders, or anyone in public service. They go to work, day in and day out, to protect their communities and make them healthier. Two of these heroes were Specialist Engelbrecht and Specialist Moore of the United States Army in southern Baghdad, Iraq. A unique Improvised Explosive Device designed to pierce armor by projecting liquefied copper had struck Spc. Engelbrecht`s Humvee. The blast had enough force to eject him into a nearby river. He was unconscious and drowning. His leg was floating down the river as the water began to turn a shade of pink. Spc. Moore was the first person on the scene and was able to drag him to safety while avoiding an onslaught of enemy fire. Engelbrecht survived because of Spc. Moore and both were awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor.