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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

Quick AND effective

One might better describe the reaction as "quick acting" rather than "quick thinking." That instant reaction is, I think, inborn and not learned, but reacting effectively given the circumstances can and most often is learned, sometimes through formal training, more often through experience. This is far from the first time that this citizen has reacted well in an emergency. All hail to such fine Americans.

By Slade Gorton

 |  December 30, 2009; 7:41 AM ET
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I witnessed a crossing fatality on the Railroad from the fireman's seat of a diesel locomotive. The deceased frozen in panic (like a deer stuck in headlights) was immobilized on the tracks before us. As my mind screamed "move you idiot" we hit him sounding like a small explosion. As I jumped up to race out onto the front platform of the locomotive, the engineer casually said, "Sit down kid, that one is a goner".

Having grown up with cops, firemen and many ordinary citizens having "The Right Stuff" I believe there is an innate character possessed by some to protect their fellow human beings and property. Perhaps everyone has an innate ability to protect their loved ones and fellow man but the difference to me is a reaction to fear.

I am not sure if a person can be trained to run into a burning building taking responsibility to save lives. I suggest that person has a willingness to protect the public while containing a propensity to overcome fear innately and/or by experience. In any regard, society has a duty to Honor these people as Heroes.

Posted by: truthhurts | December 30, 2009 10:41 AM
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