Jeremy Hernandez is the face of heroism in the aftermath of the tragic bridge collapse in
Hernandez, 20, is the youth counselor who kicked open the back door of a school bus carrying more than 50 children when the 35W bridge fell into the
There are many heroes in
But there is something different about someone like Jeremy Hernandez, a young man from the city, working with kids for the summer. His single act of, yes, heroism paints a picture of what is good about
In his interview with Natalie Morales on Today, Jeremy was quick to applaud his fellow counselors. “I think all the staff on the bus are heroes,” he said, the weighty title of “hero” obviously sitting uncomfortably on his shoulders.
While Hernandez's actions have garnered him the public spotlight, it is a safe bet that they have also put him on a pedestal in the eyes of the youngsters he helped to save. Inner city kids need good role models, especially young men they can look up to. Jeremy Hernandez may be a hero to the American people, but more importantly his actions taught a bunch of kids what real courage and personal responsibility look like.