As a society as a whole, we tend to be quite obsessed with fictional superheroes like the Avengers, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, etc. In fact, we are often so obsessed with fictional heroes that we ignore the real-life heroes right under our noses. Yet, our communities are filled with unassuming men and women who put their own lives at risk each and every day to keep our homes and families safe.
Far too often, we hear or see reports where police officers are portrayed in a negative light. Recently, however, one police officer in Gainesville, Florida received a tremendous amount of press attention for all the right reasons. Officer Bobby White responded to a noise complaint regarding a group of kids playing basketball following a 911 dispatch. Rather than yelling at the kids, Officer White instead decided to join their game. A video of the office shooting hoops with the kids later accrued a million views.
Officer White is hardly an isolated incident of real-life heroes trying to do good in their local communities. Each and every day, policemen, firemen, servicemen, and even everyday citizens go beyond the call of duty to help out their local communities.
In Flagstaff, Arizona, the local fire department recently partnered with the America Red Cross and NAU Athletics to complete a smoke detector outreach program. The program is the third of its kind over the past several months. Together, on-duty fire crews along with approximately 75 student athletes and several volunteers walked a local neighborhood in Flagstaff to contact 250 homes to provide smoke detectors.
A teen in Lake Mary, Florida is setting out to prove that every little bit can help. Understanding that socks are among the most common necessities yet the least donated of items, Tanner Eaves set out to collect socks for children in need in his local community. Tanner has been on his sock-collecting mission since the age of 11. Last year, he collected nearly 17,000 pairs of socks.
Whether it’s taking the time to join a group of kids in a quick game of hoops, distributing smoke detectors, or collecting socks for those in need, everyday heroes do exist. Not all heroes wear eye-catching costumes or live in some type of disguise until they are needed. In fact, many heroes in our own communities are men and women we see each and every day. Only rarely do the heroes in our midst receive the recognition they truly deserve. While we continue to obsess over the fictional superheroes we read about in comics and see on the silver screen, everyday heroes continue to go above and beyond the call of duty to help our own local communities.[divider]Photo Credits[/divider]
Anthony Mitchell / Mortimer Visuals