The word hero, what exactly does it mean?

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A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  

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Why does the definition say a “person” when there are so many animals that are heroes in my book.

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I came across a story about a dog named Blue that refused to leave the side of Shantel Kelly, a One year old, while the family home was on fire.  That dog is a hero, as well as the many family pets here in Alabama that save their human family members from danger.

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Kyle Camp was a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome that got lost in the woods on his family’s property. He was found the next day in a creek a mile and a half from his home. The family dog and her four puppies were found on top of him keeping him warm.

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Next let’s discuss Ralph, a Great Dane, well great hero, that lives in Birmingham. His consistent barking at 2:30 am alerted his family to a fire. They were very lucky that Ralph knew something was wrong and got out of their home safely.

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Now Chip, who was just a puppy saved not only her human but four other dogs from a fire that could have been, well, devastating. Chip alerted his owner by barking when a fire broke out on the deck of the home. His owner, Dr. Vicki Vest, had time to place all the pets safely away and call for help. The fire department was able to put out the fire before the home was engulfed.

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Next, we have Ruger from Gordo. He saved his human dad from a copperhead. While walking near a lake, he kept nipping and tugging at his owner's leg. It became so bad that Zackary Pate was about to scold him. As he turned to face Ruger, Ruger began to run around him. When Zackary turned he saw Ruger had a copperhead snake pinned against a log and trying to kill the snake.

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Of course, Zackary helped Ruger by getting a stick to kill the copperhead. Zackary said after the incident "It really does give meaning as to why dog is God spelled backward," he is grateful to have his best friend Ruger.

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We have Sebastian, a black and white kitty, that saved his family right here in Northport. A fire broke out in the family’s garage and Sebastian alerted his family who he led to safety. Yes, Sebastian led his family out one by one to safety. That is a very heroic thing to do.

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So is a hero a person? I can personally say that no, that definition is wrong. It should state that “Any living being that is admired or idealized for outstanding achievements or noble qualities”.  Yes, here in Alabama we have many Heroes around us, law enforcement, firefighters, and now family pets.

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