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There were times in my life that I thought I was brave. Many times in my military career I went in harm's way. Many times when I was police officer I went in harm's way. I did nothing that thousands of others haven't done. I am proud of my service.
What causes me to contemplate this is a conversation I had with my teaching colleagues over some adult beverages after school today. While the conversation was very flattering and I thank my colleagues for their compliments, it begs the question. What is bravery?
I related a story about my experiences with the Secret Service as Ronald Reagan visited our city during the 1980 campaign. I was amazed by their thoroughness and expertise as law enforcement. They checked out our city, told us what needed to be done to secure it and we did it. Total professionalism.
I told my colleagues that I was really impressed by the bravery of Secret Service Agent Tim McCarthy and his conduct during the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. When you talk about bravery, talk about a man who intentionally put himself in harm's way to save the live of the president. In this act he was shot and seriously wounded. He took a bullet for the president. Tim McCarthy is my hero.
That's the definition of bravery in my mind. How about you?