Humble Medal of Honor winner

Humble Medal of Honor winner

October 9th, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

You may have read of the heroism of recent Medal of Honor winner Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who saved the lives of 13 U.S. and 23 Afghan troops in Afghanistan in 2009. Well, as it turns out, Meyer is also remarkably humble, despite the high honor that he received.

Now out of the Marine Corps, Meyer sought to join the Fire Department of New York. But by just a few hours, he missed the filing deadline for an entrance exam. That meant he had to wait four years to apply again, The New York Post reported.

Understandably -- considering Meyer's service to his country -- he was offered an exemption from the deadline so he wouldn't have to wait so long.

But to his enormous credit, he turned down that offer. He said he did not want any special treatment not given to others who applied to join the department.

It is highly commendable that Meyer's bravery in battle is matched by his humility in everyday life.