I sure get tired of hearing about all the damn heroes we're supposed to be eternally grateful for.
"If you can read, thank a teacher." How about, if you learned how to read inside a building, thank a carpenter.
In Las Vegas, a fireman makes $100K+ per year. Heroes all, and of course they aren't in it for the money. They just like risking their hides for us. They do it for "the people" and we should be forever grateful. Mark Twain once said that the U.S. has the best fire departments money can buy--everywhere else in the world they make buildings that don't burn.
Every policeman is a hero too. Especially since the list of crimes has grown exponentially. The only thing that keeps me from praising them is their excessive use of billy clubs and toilet plungers.