There Are Heroes, And Then There Are Times When We Need Heroes

I heard about the comments made by Chris Hayes on MSNBC in regards to being “uncomfortable” calling our solider’s who have given their lives defending our freedom, heroes. I think that is sad, and it brought to mind the actions of “less than heroic” individuals on 9/11.

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As United Airlines Flight 93 was headed over Pittsburgh, the air traffic controllers panicked and evacuated the tower. After evacuation, a commercial aircraft on descent and another aircraft had a rather close encounter, but managed to evade a collision with one another.

Of course we are laughing about this now, but at the time (1355) there was a commercial aircraft, CHQ4334 (Chautauqua Airlines) on approach and descending. Crossing it’s flight path was another plane, N8222N holding at 9,000 feet. Looks like they had to take some serious evasive action (although they were still a few thousand feet apart in altitude).

By contrast that day, our military aircraft were scrambling to respond. Some without weapons and unsure how they would stop United 93 as it approached our Nation’s capital.

A F-16 pilot scrambled on 9/11 to prevent another attack on the US capital says she was prepared to ram her plane into a hijacked aircraft — as there was no time to arm her plane with missiles.

 So Chris Hayes may be uncomfortable calling them heroes, but I am not. When others flee for cover, they put themselves in harm’s way even if they know the cost of doing so is their own lives.

Listen for yourself. No heroes in Pittsburgh that day, but thank God there were a few in the skies over our Nation’s capitol.

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No Greater Love: Marine Austin Anderson Dies After Rescuing Friend From Crash

 

A Marine made the ultimate sacrifice as he pulled his college friend to safety after a small plane crash in Kansas that killed two others on their way to a Christian youth retreat.

Hannah Luce, 22, a fourth recent graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, survived the Cessna crash on Friday evening, just northwest of Chanute, after escaping the burning plane with the help of Austin Anderson, a 27-year-old former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

Hospitalised in serious but stable condition, Ms Luce of Golden Valley, Texas, fled to a nearby road with Mr Anderson, of Ringwood, Oklahoma, who later succumbed to his injuries.

via Kansas plane crash: Hero Marine Austin Anderson dies after rescuing Hannah Luce | Mail Online.