The word hero gets tossed around alot these days, especially in this last half decade or so since the war began. Granted, there are war heroes out there and even some who don't get the recognition they deserve. However, there mere fact that someone is out there fighting does not make them a hero - there are many soldiers out there fighting against there will and aren't given the privilege of being allowed an opinion or worse, they are stripped of many of the freedoms they defend.
The man pictured above, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, put the lives of his passengers before anything and everything and utilized the experiences of his life's work to safely bring every passenger to safety even though his plane went down.
Kudos to all of the rescue crews to and blessings and prayers to all of the passengers and their families. Captain Sullenberger, I am in awe of your greatness - you are undeniably a true hero.