A “hero” is a person who is admired or idealized for courage or outstanding achievements, while a “helper” is a person who helps someone else. Heroes are usually helpers in some way and helpers can also be heroes. Though everyone isn’t going to be officially considered a hero, per se, every one of us can be a helper to someone else each day.
We all have chances in life to be helpers and even heroes. Chesterfield is full of heroes and helpers who are literally working to serve and protect us each day, around the clock. Chesterfield police officers and Monarch firefighters are great examples of people who have chosen a career that positions them as helpers and heroes in our community. In this issue you can discover ways that both entities are involved in the daily protection and service of each resident and residence and learn about their community outreach programs that are designed to reach and teach each and every citizen, no matter to which age group they belong.
When we hear the word “hero” it often brings up images of war heroes and soldiers who serve to protect our country. Aimee Pellet, our resident historian, shares little known facts and fascinating ways Chesterfield natives were heroes and helpers during World War II, on page 22.
OK, so it may not be in the cards for you to be a police officer, firefighter or war hero, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a hero or helper.
Random acts of kindness can be helpful to others and also make us feels good about ourselves. Little things in life like holding a door for someone else or helping to carry a heavy load, make our interactions with others helpful, pleasant and make the world a better place.
We each can be a hero to someone and a helper to all.
Yours in Community,
Elizabeth “Libby” Mullen