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.