My heroes in real life are anyone who runs into the face of danger to alleviate the suffering of others. Whether it’s soldiers who are facing their own death and instead of shying away from it, go in to free people to get them away from suffering and slavery. Doctors without Borders, who go into camps where people are suffering from disease, malnutrition – anyone like that. Nurses, and people who rescue animals and people that are facing danger – those are my heroes in real life.

In many instances when someone is hurt, the reason they are hurt is because they are trying to rescue someone else or help someone else at work. Time and time again I have represented brave men and women who were doing their job and then unfortunately, a co-worker was seriously hurt or killed and they sprang into action to try an alleviate the suffering of that person and get them help.

And a lot of these injuries occur deep down in mines where they have to carry their brothers or sisters out, far out in remote areas of West Virginia. There are a lot of heroes in this state that face danger everyday to try and get people out of harms way. And it amazes me when I talk to the state police, helicopter pilots, state police troopers, deputy sheriffs, city police that deal with these situations, the paramedics – they just keep doing it and keep trying to help folks. When I get to tell their story, it can be pretty emotional. Because they are an amazing group of people.

I make it a practice that if I see a trooper or a deputy sheriff or a city policeman, the first thing you will see me do is to shake their hand and say, “I want to thank you for your service.” The same is true for firefighters and I can tell you that since 9/11 I have not met a person in the United States military that I have not first shaken their hand and said I want to thank you for your service and then begun to talk to them about why I needed to interview them or what I needed to understand about a piece of equipment or how an accident occurred or something like that. One little smile, that one little “thank you” lets them know that people care.

My wife and I do charitable work trying to help police dogs that have been injured and need special surgery. You can’t believe how many of these hard core police officers with these big dogs that will rip your throat out are literally drawn to tears when you call them up and say, “hey, we’re going to take care of this problem.” Because a lot of times its not in the police department’s budget. They are the real heroes in real life.

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