MY HERO Celebrates Working Heroes

A tribute to the unsung heroes that make a difference in our everyday lives.


MY HERO pays tribute to the many working men, women and children who have contributed to humanity. They come from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. Many work behind the scenes to get the job done, others are public figures, some affect the lives of many, others affect the lives of just a few. But all work hard, and all make a difference.


MY HERO honors those who rescue and protect us...

Stephen Siller: From The Tunnel to the Towers

By: Vincent from Manhasset
Stephen Siller: From The Tunnel to the Towers was a firefighter who bravely sacrificed his life to save others on 9/11.

A Fireman by Catherine Roque of Taft HS

By: Catherine Roque of Taft High School
Firemen are my heroes because they save poeople's lives. When people's houses are on fire, they help. They are always there when trouble is near.


Firefighters in New York City are the heroes of the day.

The Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us were everywhere on September 11 and after.

James John Christenson Jr.

By: Chris from Dakota Valley
James John Christenson Jr. has been on the North Sioux City Fire Dept. for almost twenty years and saves others' lives on a day-to-day basis.

Fireworkers from Chernobyl

By: Sergei Levandovsky
Fireworkers from Chernobyl bravely gave their lives to protect the safety of others during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Marathon Fire Department

By: Martina from Marathon
Each year firefighters face down over 1.7 million fires, incurring 80,000 injuries in process of protecting lives and property. They are deserving of being called heroes.

Lillie Hitchcock-Coit

By: Susannah Abbey
Lillie Hitchcock-Coit was a turn of the century firefighting hero.

Tad Agoglia

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine
Tad Agoglia is founder of the First Response Team of America.

MY HERO celebrates those who work to improve the lives of others...

Florence Nightingale

By: Kelly from Fredericksburg

Tommie Hamaluba

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson
Tommie Hamaluba is a teacher in Botswana, Africa, working to eradicate malaria.

Mother Teresa

By: Jeff Trussell
Mother Teresa devoted her life to the homeless and dying in India.

Rowena Gerber

By: Wendy Jewell
Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.

Helene Gayle

By: Geeta Malik
Helene Gayle is one of the leading authorities on AIDS research.

Lisa Nigro

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine
Lisa Nigro works to help the homeless in Chicago through the Inspiration Cafe.

Viola Vaughn

By: Brande from Spokane
Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Mary N. Sanchez

By: Crystal from Los Angeles
Mary N. Sanchez is a nurse manager and renowned advocate for veterans care and service.

Valentina Mindoljevic

By: Antonio Mendoza
Valentina Mindoljevic is a science teacher who helped to provide aid to women and child refugees in Croatia.
Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macy
By: Sarah from Montvale
Annie Mansfield Sullivan Macy developed new methods for teaching blind and deaf students.

Erin Gruwell

By: Jerrilyn Jacobs

Mother Mary

Mother Mary helps Senegalese children and mothers with HIV/AIDS.

Saeed Awan

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson
Saeed Awan developed a new carpet loom that reduces child labor in Pakistan.

MY HERO celebrates those who speak out for others...

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez was steadfast, brave and had a benevolent heart during his struggle to help farmworkers.

Mary Harris Jones

By: Susannah Abbey
Mary Harris Jones worked to free men, women, and children from industrial slavery.
Studs Terkel
By: <h5>MY HERO STAFF</h5>
Studs Terkel The author who captured the stories of everyday people celebrates his 95th birthday.

Iqbal Masih

By: Stephanie and Audrey<br> from Forest Hills
Iqbal Masih was a brave advocate for child labor laws in Pakistan.



A fireman has saved my life

Mother Teresa

By: Michaelle from Laguna Beach

Cesar Chavez

Champion of the laborer.

Mother Jones by Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly

Cesar Chavez by artist Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth
Cesar Chavez by Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth

Lateefah Simon by Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly
Working for incarcerated youth, Lateefah Simon is a hero for children's rights and rehabilitation

Nurse Giving Shots

By: Doug Miller
Doug Miller illustrates a story about a public health worker, a Nurse immunizing children against childhood diseases


Cookie Girl in the Hot Zone

Producer: Skip Blumberg
A post-9/11 portrait of a young girl who baked and served cookies to the workers coming and going to the World Trade Center site. First aired on WGBH and Zoom's program America's Kids Respond

Ten Thousand Girls

Producer: Adams Sie
Mrs. Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, which aims to help girls in education and vocational training.

Rowena Gerber's Solar Oven Project & Environmental Studies

Producer: Skip Blumberg & Jeanne Meyers - 2010

Rowena Gerber shares her passion for the environment.

Operation Smile

Producer: Dina Karadsheh, Fayez Burqan, Arpi Palulian, and Karin Miqdady
Operation Smile gives children a better life through dental surgery. Created in the MY HERO Global Exchange at the Royal Film Commission, JORDAN. 2008

Mother Mary

Producer: Cheikh Darou Seck from Senegal, AFRICA

Mother Mary works to help children affected by AIDS in Senegal.

Mother Porridge

Producer: Fary Sakho
MAIMOUNA FALL is known as Mother Porridge in her village in Senegal.

Speaking Truth to Power

Producer: Melissa Mergner
Influenced by Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi, labor rights activist Baldemar Velasquez co-founded and is president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO.
Hummingbird [excerpt from dirt! THE MOVIE]
Producer: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and Eleonore Dailly
Wangari Maathai shares a simple story to illustrate a powerful point.

Organizer created on 8/28/2011 7:01:43 PM by Becky Miller

Last edited 9/11/2018 12:35:38 PM by Xenia Shin