These days we often hear many people lack the spirit of sacrifice and service that made America great. Perhaps it is true, in a time when modern conveniences make that seem less important. But that spirit certainly does exist, as shown by many in dangerous and challenging circumstances. All too often those circumstances are due to acts by sick individuals who decide to harm others. Sometimes it is due to accidents that happen on crowded roadways. Some of the heroes are first responders and others are simply citizens who find themselves at a scene where they can help.
Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday honored some of the former at the first Arizona Medal of Valor ceremony, recognizing public safety personnel who had demonstrated valor, courage and heroism. Ducey had established the award more than a year ago. The four are:
State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who died in the line of duty on July 25, 2018.
State Trooper Henry Roanhorse Jr., who on Jan. 6, 2018, pulled a driver from a vehicle, saving him from being killed by an oncoming train.
Officer Alvaro Silva of the Tucson Police Department, who on March 17, 2019, faced a gun-bearing suspect and ultimately saved the injured suspect’s life.
Sgt. Joshua Wade of the Glendale Police Department, who on Jan. 4, 2019, saved a man by pulling him out of a burning motor home.
Closer to home, Casa Grande resident and State Trooper David Rocha was named a 2019 honoree of Heroes Day by Southern Arizona First Responders after he risked his life on July 12 to enter an overturned motor home on Interstate 8 to free the occupants.
Heroes, whether they act as part of their job or just because of circumstances, do not do so because they want recognition. Nevertheless, honoring heroes is important not only because they deserve it, but also because their acts are inspirational to others.