I never agreed with MJ coverage. Alive or dead.
Once again, read my post if confused. Your argument about firemen, policemen and military are wrong.
A fireman who is not inside a burning building and decides to go into a burning building to save someone is a hero. If the fireman chooses not to go into the building, he/she still is safe. No harm.
A policeman on patrol who sees a dangerous situation and decides to put himself in harms way to save another, is a hero. The policeman could wait for backup or until the danger has passed. Either way, he could keep himself out of harms way.
Anybody who volunteers themselves to enter the military is putting themselves in harms way. They could choose not to join, but they do and could lose their lives because of it. Once again, he/she could decide to stay out of the military, curse the USA and still enjoy the freedoms. All of these examples are based on choices. From safe to harms way.
Mr. Sully did not throw caution to the wind and help those people. He had no choice to make. He either would have to try and save his own butt with a decent landing, or crash and potentially die.
If you want to call him a hero, go for it. You can even call a politician, a sports figure, and a movie star a hero too, but I won't. I reserve my right to label someone a hero that actually deserves it.
I think that if you were in the military and actually knew some "real heroes" you'd be a little more selective of using the word. The military is full of true heroes. There are many people that lost their lives being "real heroes", but never got the recognition like Sully did. What these "heroes" did/do does not get plastered all over the news. They don't get interviewed by every morning news show and they don't get a book deal to write about what motivates them. Oh sure, since 9-11, you'll catch an occasional military person's return home, or in parade, but nothing like what Mr. Sully has gotten.
You can have your "hero", and I'll keep mine, thanks.