The word hero is used many different ways. Hero sandwich. Superhero. He’s my hero. We think of heroes as people who are celebrated but the truth is, most heroes’ names are never known. Our heroes may be our parents, a sibling, a spouse, a child, a neighbor, people who have made a difference and inspire our better selves. I was reminded of my heroes by a recent post on a Harvard Business Review blog. Who’s on Your Fridge? discusses how its author posts photos of people who inspire him to be better, on his refrigerator, comprised of,
A collection of pictures of ordinary people, about whom I know very little, but who inspire me with some quality I want to nurture in myself.
That post caught my eye because it reminded me of a TLC program I saw this week, Heroes of the 88th Floor, “an extraordinary tale of bravery and survival inside the World Trade Center after Flight 11 struck the North Tower on September 11, 2001.” The two-hour special introduces two men whose courage saved lives and touched many more. From The Discovery Channel’s online guide:
“Frank DeMartini and Pablo Ortiz — we hear the extraordinary story of how their remarkable acts of heroism, selflessness, and courage saved the lives of over 75 people and touched many more. We also hear from the survivors themselves, their first-hand accounts of what it was like to be at the centre of this tragic day — and through archived footage and dramatic recreations — we relive their chilling moments of being stranded on the upper floors of the North Tower and their race against time to survive.
If you get a chance to see it, don’t miss it. There are many heroes whose names deserve to be more widely known. Frank DeMartini and Pablo Ortiz are two such heroes.