Neal Barton's POV

Real heroes

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 5:34pm

Blackie Sherrod was a sports writer in Dallas for years working for both papers.

I'd always get a chuckle when he referred to the Dallas Cowboys as your heroes knowing all the time he did that tongue in cheek.

I'm sure he knew what a real hero was since he served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre, completing 22 missions and earning three medals.

I say all that to say this.

The word hero has been badly misused in our vernacular. To me, heroes are no athletes or actors.

Heroes are people who serve, who are there when you really need them.

Look no further than the TxDOT crew from Henderson who volunteered to go to work the Houston roads right now because TxDOT down there doesn't have enough workers.

Last Friday, there was a 5-car pileup on a bridge in Trinity County I was crossing.

There right in the middle of it, was Apple Springs Volunteer Fire Department dispatched from their real jobs. They were wearing their work clothes with fire vests on. They seemed startled when I thanked them.

There is the Lindale Volunteer Firefighter, Joe Yeakley, who still is in a Dallas Hospital after having a roof cave in on him a few weeks ago.

There is your local police, fire, and sheriff's department who face danger every day.

During this week of the Super Bowl soundbites and sports worship, let's remember the real heroes that are not going to be the guys you see on TV Sunday.

The real heroes are the people who live here and serve you. In my book those are the real stars.

That's my point of view what's yours?

You can email me at or facebook me at KETK Neal Barton.

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My garbage person is a hero every time my stinking trash is taken away. If it wasn't it would be a health and sanitation problem - especially during hot weather. Setting aside the smell it would create causing problems with my neighbors, it would attract flies & vermin. My yard would be overrun with feral cats feeding on the rats. I don't tip my garbage person - just as I don't tip the police or fire depts. because they're all trained public servants doing what they get paid to do.
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A hero is a person who rises to the occasion at hand without being called-on to do so. Neil throws a Red Herring in his preamble when he states that somebody mistakes football players and actors as hero's therefore his definition of a hero is correct. Neil is from the progressive classroom where nobody fails, even when they don't pass. A person paid and trained to fulfill lifesaving acts are NOT hero's, they are performing an obligated task. Under his definition, doctors and farmers are hero's.

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