Heroes for more than one day
Sir, – I saw the interview on BBC News with John Volanthen, one of the two British rescue divers involved in the rescue of the 12 young boys and their coach from the flooded caves in Thailand.
Mr Volanthen refused to accept he was a “hero” with admirable modesty.
However, here is a definition of heroism we can use as a template to allow us to decide whether he is a hero or not.
Robert Green Ingersoll said it well: “When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honour scorns to compromise with death – that is heroism.”
Mr Volanthen, j’accuse.
You acted with heroism and altruism. Your modesty denies the facts. You ARE a hero. Be proud, not modest. You “came good” and “answered the call” of your fellow man when they needed your selfsacrifice.
My Uncle Bill Thomson was the Superintendant of Scottish Mines Rescue based in Stenhouse Street, Cowdenbeath.
He was my hero for similar reasons.
We need more in this day and age. Any volunteers?
Robert Ferguson. New Gilston, Leven.