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Former New York Fire Department head: Sports stars aren’t ‘heroes’

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The man who led the New York City Fire Department on Sept. 11 criticized the use of the word “hero” to describe professional athletes and other celebrities on Sunday, saying such references are “just sickening.”

“We had people who were safe out into the lobby who went back up to help other people. … When you knowingly put yourself in harm’s way like that, that’s a heroic deed,” former NYFD Commissioner Tom Von Essen told radio host John Catsimatidis.

“To give that title to a sports figure or a politician or a businessman — it’s just sickening,” he added. “And it happens every day. We see it in our military, we see it in the police risking their life every day to try and help us, and now we are criticizing them when they make a mistake.” – READ MORE

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