By Xavier Duff
True tales of normal Australians who risked their lives to save lots of others. Meet Australia's 'accidental heroes' and listen to their tales of incredible braveness, self-sacrifice and private trimph. They make for relocating, occasionally terrifying, and constantly heart-warming examining. unintended Heroes is a reminder of the energy of the human spirit, in an age after we want it such a lot.
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But Tony said he recovered well from the experience thanks to good counselling and a supportive family. He believes there have been no lasting scars, only a strong sense of protectiveness towards his family. Marina said she and the children found it very difficult to deal with and believes counselling for the families in these sorts of events is essential. Tony’s vow did not last long and with Marina’s encouragement he went back to work some weeks later. He threw himself into work, feeling he had to get on with life.
Despite Tim’s insistence that nothing good came out of that night, everyone, including the families of the victims, can draw some comfort from the fact that these brave people helped others in their most desperate hour of need. It is an ironic and sad twist to these stories that terrorists, exhibiting the most detestable form of human behaviour, inspired the most honourable behaviour in others. Chapter 2 Massacre on Queen Street Tony Gioia It took 10 typed A4 pages to describe the last 19 minutes of Frank Vitkovic’s life.
But heroes, in the truest sense, they are not. The true hero is someone prepared to risk the thing most precious to us all: life. Heroes are those prepared for the ultimate sacrifice. No one risks their life for another on the sporting field. Certainly no one actually lays down their life for their team. We may use the language of heroism in sports but determination should not be mistaken for courage; pride is not valour. Ultimately these ‘heroic’ deeds are just metaphors, for sports people only play at heroes.
Accidental Heroes. True Stories of Ordinary Australians Who Risked Their Lives to Save Others by Xavier Duff