Eduard Burceag died on Mt. Rainier this week in a snow storm. He died because after digging a trench, he put himself at the bottom to protect his wife and friend from the ice that he knew would form under their weight and heat.
Dave Gottlieb, the chief climbing ranger, said, “Maybe he wasn’t sacrificing himself, but he was protecting his wife from the snow. I absolutely believe he was a hero. He was heroic in protecting his wife and his friend.”
This is a case of heroism where there is conscious and continuous thought involved. Acting in a split second to rescue someone while risking you life is one thing. Choosing the heroic act and sticking with it over time is something else entirely.