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I must say that it really annoys me when individuals like outstanding sports figures (just for example) are declared "heroes" for doing some outstanding thing in their field of expertise. I think that it really cheapens the word.... Because, of course, they are not even close to being in the same league as real heroes like your CNN article portrays.
Just my thoughts.