So I've had discussions with people over the years online about hero worship. More specifically, that firefighters are not heroes.
I don't think they are. Why? Because if you're a firefighter, your job is to save people and put out fires. Now, if you go "hey, I just saved some people and put out some fires!" I wouldn't consider you a hero. That's your job.
Who WOULD I consider a hero? The guy who runs into the building and pulls someone out of it. Not because it's his job, just some random guy or girl who happened to be there and cared enough to do so. That's a hero to me.
Doing your job is not heroic. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we have firefighters. I'm also glad we have janitors, scientists, mail carriers and air conditioner repairmen. It's not that I don't appreciate what people do, I just wouldn't consider it heroic.