Sometimes, we have to stop for a moment and pay the proper respect for a good man. From the title of this post, you already know the name of such a man. Better, you already know that we’re talking about a hero.
“Hero” is often an abused word, improperly used for people who are good at sports or other amenities. It’s time to use it for real. Beltrame was a hero, fallen on the line of duty, an example of what could be a man in dire circumstances. You can find an excellent recap of what happened here, courtesy of BBC News. But the story is not complete if you don’t take a bit of your time to think about what pushed this man to put his own life at stake.
It’s not about being an officer or such. It’s something that a few men have, a compulsion to go in the direction of the danger and not to move away from it. It’s a surge from the deepest part of the soul, a light that shines so bright that could not be blocked. Beltrame was a veteran; he knew that his chances to come out of such a situation unscathed was minimal. He went on, trading his life for another.
Today, NATO countries are flying their flags at half-mast. For one of us.