Editorial: Hero Joe

Unexpected heroes show us that we are all capable of grace under pressure

Not everybody is gifted with the ability to be brave in an emergency.

It’s one of the reasons people request to have their seats switched when sitting beside the emergency exit on an aircraft and one of the reasons emergency teams like firefighters are hailed heroes when saving the lives of others in the face of danger.

And while in the above two examples the need to respond under stressful or dangerous circumstances is foreseeably possible, encountering an event that begs stoic action isn’t so predictable for the every-day Joe.

But it happens. When timing miraculously aligns with circumstance, sometimes life asks regular Joes to act quickly and bravely. And through no fault or planning of their own, these Joes become  heroes too.

John Tyler, Jake Tyler and Dale Hession are shining local examples. The men saved the life of Kitimat resident Bobby Weir by pulling him from a crashed, burning vehicle seconds before it was too late. Weir’s passenger Kevin Dawson is a hero too, surmounting injuries and shock to find help and add to rescue efforts.

And then there are youths Patrick and Nickolas Hamer along with Dayne and Parker Wright, who sprung into action to put out fire that burned two men ­­­— Jess Hansen and Murray Hamer — on a Thornhill farm, saving their lives.

These every-day Joes, both young and old, became unexpected heroes.

And blessed are many that they responded, bravely, in an emergency.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Thornhill’s future takes centre stage at June 2 public hearing

The current community plan was adopted in 1981

Class will look different at Coast Mountain College this September

The college is embracing a distributed learning model

City council considers easing food truck restriction

Food trucks limited to four hours public parking, may increase to six hours

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Facing changes together: your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

Most Read