Heroes for more than one day

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

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