These days, the word “hero” is used a lot.
Some people apply it to celebrities on a television screen.
Others use it to describe players on a ball field.
But true heroism is something for which you cannot prepare.
To put your own interest and life on hold to help someone else - that’s real sacrifice.
Bravery is not acting in the absence of fear.
It’s acting in spite of it.
As my federal colleague said yesterday, while most of us will never know the bravery of the 343 first responders 17 years ago today - or the courage of the everyday civilians who rushed back into the burning towers to help complete strangers - they are the ones who manifest the true definition of a hero.
Every single day.
Not just one crisp morning in September.