Everyday Heroes

For those of you that appreciate college basketball, March is a great month with the culmination of March madness. The NBA finals find who the best professional basketball team is. If baseball is your sport of choice, spring training will begin before you know it.  All of these sports, including football, golf and soccer relate how certain outstanding players are “heroes.”  As if, by scoring a large number of baskets or pitching a shut-out or running for a thousand yards a season is something that is anything better than excelling in the respective game. I tend to disagree.

I was brought up to believe that only individuals who display courage and the will for self-sacrifice or those who face adversity, risk and danger and persevere could be considered to be a hero. So, when I hear of a police officer who saves someone’s life or a fireman who pulls a child out of a burning building, I label those people “heroes.” In the same way, when the popular news (rarely) reports of an American serviceman whose direct actions saved the lives of his fellows or of innocent citizens, I can easily use the term “hero.”

Of course, day to day living allows for few chances to save someone’s life. Only in the movies do we encounter ordinary people who flirt with danger on a regular basis and come out always on top. But if we look at what we do for a living, I believe that most of us could be considered to be everyday heroes.

Here are some examples:

During the course of an inspection, a CREIA member finds active mold growing in the crawlspace. Upon testing, the mold is found to be a deadly type that can affect people’s health. That inspector is a hero.

A remodeled house has had a “complete copper re-piping” but the plumber neglected to transfer the cold water ground from the disconnected galvanized piping to the new copper.  That house, in effect, has no ground system to prevent a lightning strike or allow the breakers to perform correctly. The inspector who found that condition is a hero.

The infamous “Uncle Buck” has had his way with a support post and beam to clean up the living room appeal. By removing these important structure items, the dead load of the roof and framing can come crashing down with even a minor quake. Score another one for our inspector hero.

I am not suggesting that what we do everyday requires adoration from the public but I am saying that we have been and are in a position to do more than just get paid for doing our job. Some days it is tough enough to deal with unhappy sellers, agents or unappreciative clients. Excelling at what we do and, from time to time, having a huge impact on the safety of our clients should give us all a great feeling. So, on that next inspection, keep your eyes open for the chance to “be a hero.”

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