heroes aren't the ones hitting 70 home runs in a season or performing
on the big screen.
They're not making millions of dollars every year
or having their faces appear on a box of Wheaties.
And kids don't necessarily want to be "like Mike"
They want to be like the Dennis Devlins, Marc Whitfords
and John Ginleys of the world, all of whom who gave their lives to
save others Sept. 11.
Firefighters, police officers and emergency workers
have become the new Mark McGwires and Michael Jordans.
Firefighters' and cops' costumes were flying off
the shelves for Halloween.
At elementary schools, kids cheered and crowded
around ordinary men just to touch the hand of a real-life hero like
Mike Sitler, a New York City firefighter with Engine 223 in Brooklyn.
The children of firefighters already knew their
fathers were heroes. Now they share their personal heroes and role
models with the world.
And the world's kids, and their parents who search
for positive role models, are ready to embrace them.
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