I don’t know how others feel but I am annoyed and tired of the inappropriate use of the term ‘hero’. Heroes are not sportsmen/women, popular politicians or even worse musicians or singers. Heroes are the individuals who without hesitation, risk serious injury or life itself for the sake of another.It is not premeditated and occurs spontaneously. Soldiers, emergency workers and support workers, foreign aides and unique members of the community who disregard their own safety to go to the assistance of another.
Such is the heroism of Dutch backpacker Paul de Waard and Melbourne father of three, Brendan Keilar. Both men displayed enormous courage when they intervened during an altercation involving an assailant with a handgun and a woman, in central Melbourne last year.Tragically, Mr Keilar was killed and Mr de Waard suffered horrendous injuries, which required emergency surgery and several months of rehabilitation.
Mr de Waard who has returned to Melbourne, was honoured with a bravery award and Mr Keilar was posthumously honoured for his bravery, today.
Both these men deserve our eternal gratitude and have earned the right to be called Heroes!
(photo Melbourne Age, 20/11/08)