The Hero’s Call

The dazzling feats of heroism we often see in the news are the result of people being forced to make a decision. Inside these heroes are the character traits required to make the right decision in a split second. I believe these people probably do the right thing every day of their lives – it’s just rarely as exciting as running into a burning building. They unconsciously prepare all their lives for just such a moment.

Wesley Autrey had one of those moments yesterday. He was waiting for a subway train with his daughters and many other people when a young man fell onto the tracks in a seizure. Autrey jumped down to help him, but was unable to pull him up onto the platform. Instead he lay the man down, held him down with a blanket, and waited for the train to pass over them both.

I think Wesley Autrey probably has a lot of people who considered him a hero before this incident. He has probably always lived his life in an heroic way and today was the day that it was shared with the world.

5 Responses to The Hero’s Call

  1. George Brymer January 4, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    We all wonder how we would respond when the opportunity to be a hero presents itself. The media is calling Wesley Autrey a “humble hero.” I personally find his selfless actions humbling.


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