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November 11th, 2009
11:27 PM ET

Pakistan's Unsung Hero

We've covered a variety of stories this week about heroes - and different kinds of them.  On Tuesday, you learned about a teenager who founded a great cause after losing part of his legs.  On Veterans Day, we paid tribute to all of America's heroes who've served in the Armed Forces.  And on Thursday, you hear about a Pakistani custodian who reportedly sacrificed his life to protect students from a suicide bomber.

To me, all of these stories feature heroes.  How would you define a hero?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Brandon

    I would difine a hero as anyone who is willing to sacrifice their lives to save anouther.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:57 am |
  2. Abha

    A hero sacrifices his/her life for greater cause or public good.

    November 12, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  3. Jake and Walter

    Someone who has courage and bravery and will help anyone in trouble. A hero is also admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. A hero also needs to have strength.

    November 12, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  4. Amy

    I think it was really nice for a guy to try to risk his life. I think its ignorent for suicide bombers to kill innocent woman.

    November 12, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  5. Renee

    anyone can be a hero. I think a hero is someone that has good respect towards someone, and someone that has the ability to help others. I think that a hero is someone that is willing to give a helping hand without having to be asked. from helping someone across the street, to holding the groceries for someone. everyone can be a hero, it's a matter of respect. 🙂

    November 12, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  6. derek

    i think he is a good person and he is safe were he is now

    November 12, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  7. taylor

    I would define a hero as someone who puts peoples needs or lives in front of there's, and doesn't do it for the fame or glory but because its right.

    November 12, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  8. SD

    some one that helps others

    November 12, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  9. howard

    i think that is great that he tried to to save the women i am a hero cuz am all ways they fro my girlfriend when everything is going bad i am there to calm her down an i love her i would take a shot to the heart for her

    November 12, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  10. Ra ' Jean

    i think a hero is someone that does something for someone that other people are to selfish or to scared to do.

    November 12, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  11. nick

    how i define a hero is to have someone for you and at your back all of the time

    November 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  12. Hunter

    A hero is anyone who does something heroic – of great courage to help another. Anyone can be a hero – whether you help a friend when they scrape their knee or if you restrain a suicide bomber. This man is a hero – and a great one at that.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  13. Nick

    I would define a hero as someone that goes out of there way to help others and do things that are extra that not every person would do

    November 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  14. Tyler

    That is very brave of him to give his life for some children.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  15. Tyler

    i think that he is a hero. If he wasnt there more kids could have got killed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 12, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  16. max

    i dont know

    November 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  17. Sammi

    to me a hero is someone who has an opion and is willing to fight for it for good it

    November 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  18. emily

    i would define a hero as brave because they would do something for you even if its dangerous.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  19. Hailey

    That man should be considered a hero. He sacrificed his life for others and that is the greatest thing you can do for someone. It is awesome that he had enough bravery to sacrifice his life. I think that the Government could have done something nice for the family like they could at least have paid off the debt for the family of they could have helped out wiht the grave if he was a Hero,

    November 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  20. Joey

    This guy deserves to be a national hero for Pakistan. He was just an average joe who stepped up and did something amazing. If I was in his shoes I would've just ran and saved myself. This guy apperars to have had a hard childhood and he got a job at the universtiy and he then saved the lives of hundreds. This deserves to be a hero he did what the soldiers do on the battlefield.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  21. Samantha

    I do think that all of these people are heroes. They are because they all helped out for something. People who go to war are definitally heroes because they risked their lives. Some are still remaining though. Actually, anyone who sacrificed their lives for someone would be called a hero.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  22. Nicole

    Well, i think that Pervais Mashsi should be honored because he did a great deal for the citizens for his country!!! I don't agree with the burial place that they have for him because he is a national hero and he should be honored. Not next to a trash can and in such a bad condition. So anyway, i think that he sould be honored and his family should be proud.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  23. derek

    i dont think a hero is a person who has super powers like in movies or some sort. i consider a hero that is someone who helps someone else out of his/her problem.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  24. Jessica

    I think a hero is a person who saves people's lives or just helps people.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  25. Maria

    I would define a hero as being very brave. Heroes are people who can stand up and face a fear or a diffuculty.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  26. Rachel

    I think he did a good thing and helped the students.
    He did a great thing and it's a shame that he died.
    I hope he rests in peace.

    Rachel

    November 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  27. Julie

    i think that he did a really good thing because he risked his life just for everyone in that building. So i think that realy is a hero. I think that a hero is someone who its really a shame that he died.

    Please god help him Rest In Peace!!!!

    Julie

    November 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  28. Julianna

    I would define all of them as a hero because they alll did something special. Even though they each did aomething different.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  29. Joe

    i would define a hero by a person saving your life and protecting your family

    November 12, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  30. Bowser

    I would define a hero as a brave and king person

    November 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  31. Bowser

    I would define a hero as a brave and kind person

    November 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  32. Summer

    the word hero is used a lot, but a person is only a hero if they did something to help other people, animals,or the Environment. but a person is only a hero if he or she does whatever it is with there heart in it.

    November 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  33. Zakc

    I think a hero is someone who puts others before his/her self to make sure they are safe and happy!!! ^,...,^

    November 12, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  34. Mike

    A hero is a person that others look up to for advice, can trust, and survive a suicide bomber.

    November 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  35. Elijah

    A hero is a person who is strong, trustworthy, and in this case not afraid to give his life for other people.

    November 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  36. Andres

    A hero is a person who fights for her/his own liberty, justice, and self-being.

    November 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  37. Alan

    A person known for their exceptional courage grace and strength that people can look up to as an ally aid friend or a foe

    November 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  38. michelle

    i think its cool, i think a hero is someone saving the world

    i'm so beastly

    November 12, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  39. Dreyiss

    A hero is some one who would do stuff for people that normal people would not do.

    November 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  40. tre

    a hero is and person who save people and help them be safe

    November 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  41. Maurice

    someone who either gives their life by either death or giving up all there time to a special cause.

    November 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  42. kevin...

    i think he make an hero because he did not have to get in front of the guy wit the bomb

    November 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  43. Ulysses

    You nener really know just what one little person can to do to save many peoples lives like this guy did. Him and his family should be noticed that he gave hid life to save others! He really is a hero.

    November 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  44. mathew

    I think that a hero should fear almost nothing and care about others just about the same about him/herself.

    November 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  45. no ones girl

    to me i think that if your going to be called a hero you have to do something thats really importint. like that guy that did every thing he could for that little bot to get him a new leg. thats a hero.i love people that do that kind of stuff.my hero is my mom. she has stayed with me and my brothers when my dad left us over three years ago. thats wut i think a hero is. and i just want to say think you to ALL the heros out there!! think you and we all love you.

    November 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  46. Sydney

    I think a hero is someone who saves something, from a small item to an elephant. Heroes can fear something, but be brave enough to save something and stand up to something.

    November 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  47. Yasmin

    A hero is someone who saves people, does not fear anything, and protects you.

    November 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  48. Harley

    A hero to me should be somebody willing to sacrifice or do something willingly.

    November 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  49. bigz

    a hero is somebody who saves lives

    November 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  50. Tyra

    I dont think the only person that can be a hero is someone that saves lives. I think that is a good hero but that is not the only type of hero. A hero, to me, is someone that is a rolemodel for you. Someone that inspires you to be a better person and reach your highest potential is a real hero.

    November 12, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  51. beverly

    i would define a hero as someone who helps others no matter the consequence.A hero is someone who does good because they know that it is morally correct and may be a person that who look up to that has made a positive difference.

    November 13, 2009 at 1:16 am |
  52. lynch

    in my opinion,the pakistan janitor is really a hero,he needn't to sacrifice his life but he did。it not easy to be a hero,hero must be a man who is admired for doing something extremely brave and selfless

    November 13, 2009 at 3:49 am |
  53. vicki

    i think that he should have acted in more of a political way than historical to keep the peace, and make all the children feel equal.

    November 13, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  54. Kenia

    I believe that he should be considered as a hero. Only because he did save a big number of girls. Not only that, but he did risk his own life with wanting nothing in return.

    November 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  55. cody and jeremy

    Dude that is what i call a hero!

    November 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  56. Watson

    I think a hero is someone who puts other people's life before theirs. They are not selfish and want to help people who need it.

    November 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm |
  57. Erika

    A hero is someone who stands up for something, something precious and irreplaceable.

    November 14, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  58. Skylar

    Not everyone is willing to lose their life even if it is for a good cause. and he is very heroic and his family should be reconized!

    November 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  59. Rebecca

    I think a person is a hero when they do something to help the people around them or the environment around them. A hero can be someone just a simple as someone recycling every day or someone just planting a tree. The little things that we do every day can make everyone a hero even if they are unsung.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  60. Anna

    When I think of a hero, I tihnk about someone how will save someone elses life. Or even risk there life to make a better place, or make something good happen.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  61. REGIS

    That man was a hero and he should be honored by the citizans and his family should be very proud of him for what he did.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  62. Kyle

    A hero is someone who isn't selfish and puts peoples lives before them.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  63. Devin

    He was definately a hero and loving enough to put others first even when his life was on the line.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  64. Alexandra

    To me a hero is someone that puts other peoples lives and needs before theres and doesnt need to be recognized but does the good deed because they know it's right!!

    November 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  65. Lauren

    I feel bad for the family of that man because he was trying to safe people but he ended uo getting killed.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  66. Sydney

    I would define heros who have gone through the hard and tough times but makes the best of it. They don't care what others think and they help ones in need with nothing in return.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  67. Nikita

    Anyone can be a hero. I think that a hero is someone who helps with anything on their own.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  68. Alina

    A hero is someone who is willing to do anything to help someone, even if it means sacrificing themself.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  69. George

    I would define a hero as someone who will risk everything for the people they care about wether its their family or their town or just someone they don't even know thats how I would define a hero. 🙂

    November 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  70. Sabrina

    I think he should get some type of reward for doing something that brave! The only thing is that who would be there to recieve it for him.
    I think he should be very brave!!

    November 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  71. alexa

    a person willing to sacrifice and or save people

    November 16, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  72. David

    I think that he is a hero because he put his life on the line to save others, and he deserves to be named a hero by people.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  73. Emily

    A hero is someone who risked their lives to save others without being asked, or without being scared. Firefighters in the 9-11 attack are heros because they risked their lives to save others.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  74. Simon

    A hero is someone who does things for others without asking for anything in return.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  75. cameron

    I think a hero is anyone who risks their life to save anyone in danger at any time or place.I would be so grateful if anyone would risk their life to help me in the lines of danger i would be so grateful for the rest of my life in his mind i bet he said i may die trying to help someone i would just be so thankful

    November 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  76. griffin

    I think that this guy is a hero for saving all thoose lives and risked his life for others.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  77. mia

    A hero to me should be somebody willing to sacrifice or do something willingly

    November 16, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  78. amanda

    i think that he had done the right thing and was alsome that he had saved all thoughs girls

    November 16, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  79. lauren[:

    I think that was a very brave thing to do. He should be honered? I think a hero is someone who does somthing to help others ormake a difference and that what he did, he saved a ton of peoples life and sacrificed his own. What a guy(: !!!!!!!

    November 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  80. Mausam

    A hero is someone that risks his or her life to save somebody else or more. I think that the Pakistani janitor was definetley a hero to save so many lives.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  81. christinaaaaaa

    A hero is someone who does honarable things or is consitered honerable to other people.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  82. meghannnn!(:

    i define a hero as someone who would try to help people, osmeone that can make things better or someone that you can trust! (:

    November 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  83. austin>...

    All i can say is thank you.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  84. christian

    I define a hero that would do something dangerous brave are giving for other people.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  85. Noah

    I think that it is very brave of him and for his heroic actions his family should be helped.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  86. Connor !!!!

    This guy is a true hero! This guy saved probably hundreds of lifes! This guy choose to sacrafice his life to the people of Pakastan!

    November 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  87. Olivia

    I think it is wonderful that he was willing to risk his life to save people he doesn't know.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  88. Eliza

    My definition of a hero is not someone who flies around with a bigh red cape, or has mega awesome super powers. My definition of a hero is someone who does not do something for money or becuase they want to lookgood, it is someone who does something for the well being of another without even knowing the person.

    November 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  89. ERICA!!

    I THINK HE IS A HERO BECAUSE HE SAVE PEOPLES LIFE

    November 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  90. sydney

    i think that some people are willing to lose their lives and some want to live but risking your life for someone else is a good deed even though it might not turn out goopd

    November 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  91. randy

    he should be reconized for risking his lives because he didnt have to do that!!!!

    November 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  92. Garett

    Yah he is a hero.

    November 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  93. Garett

    He is a big hero.

    November 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  94. Shnizle

    HERO, a person who is activley berve

    November 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  95. souki

    A hero is some one who puts people needs before there own like mom feeding you when she has not eaten yet

    November 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  96. Jacob

    A hero is someone who saves peoples lives at risk of there own.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  97. Destinie

    I think that he should express his school mascot "Bengal's" any time that any kid want's. I just wouldn't be right if a kid couldn't express his or her schools. I think that if students cant cut their hair the way they want then teachers should.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  98. Shaun

    he is the defintion of a hero you look up hero and it shows his face.

    November 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  99. abrahim

    A heo is someone who is not afraid of standing up for what he thinks is right, even if it means going against the majority. He is not afraid of losing his life to save someone else from danager. He is willing to help people no matter what. He does what his concious tells him.

    November 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  100. Ben

    A hero to me is some one who is willing to risk a lot to stand up for what he/she believes is the right thing to do. Even if he/she loses his/her life – it is a choice to do whatever it takes to do the right thing. Heroes choose to do what they choose to do. Many people are heroes and no one ever knows what they did but they chose to do the right thing no matter what the risk because it was something to believe in and to help others around them.

    November 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  101. Anonymous

    The definition 4 the word hero 2 me is a person who is willing to protect annyone who needs it weather it be a enemy or criminal, and a hero is a person who wil risk there own lives to save a nother!!!

    November 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  102. Kennedy

    Those girls should very grateful to that man who save their lives. I for one would be. A hero to me is someone going out into the world or community and doing something to help or protect others. The man in uniform over seas are heros to the U.S. and to me. I hope we all have someone in our lives that is a hero.

    November 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  103. Saniya

    A her ois someone who goes out of their way to do sonething for some not someone that can fly but a person that accualy has a heart og "gold"

    November 18, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  104. Shemar

    I would define a heroe as someone that would go out of their way to benefit someone else. Also someone that is very kind and brave.

    November 19, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  105. Greg

    he was a hero.

    a hero to me would have to be someone who does something significant in their life and not ask anything in return. like the story here that hero just did what he felt was the right decision, he is not asking to be a hero, even-though everyone calls him one. that is a true hero, doing something just because they believe it is the right thing weather they are recognized for it or not.
    there are a lot of unsung heros out there that are forgotten and they do not care one way or another, they are just glad that they did the right thing.

    November 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  106. Brittany

    I would define a hero by someone who is not afraid to stand up for something they believe in or being able to stand up for someone that is not able to stand up for themselves. A hero is not just someone who is remembered for something, its someone who does all the little things!

    November 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  107. Suesan

    I would say an hero is someone thats not afraid to stand up for what you and/or them wants or believe. Also they would always be there for you and you there for them! someone who want hurt you or lie on you. take up for you and dont get you caught up in the drama they bring.

    November 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  108. Carson

    I would define a hero as anyone who help the world in ANY way. Just someone who turned the water off while they weren't using it, or someone who used one paper towel instead of two. Even the little things that people do can effect the entire world!

    November 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  109. tani

    i think a hero is someone willing to sacrificy them self for others, or always stands up for what they believe. just like the Pakistani custodian he is a hero!

    November 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  110. Emily

    To me "hero" means someone who is willing to risk his or her life to save another.

    December 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  111. Sabrina

    I think girls should be able to play football anything a boy can do a girl can do to. We are all equal and i hope that she will achieve her dream and allow girls to play football.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  112. Shelby

    I THINK THAT GUYS AND GIRLS SHOULD PLAY FOOTBALL

    December 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  113. Spencer

    I think it is interesting that a girl would want to play football. That's pretty cool that a girl would go into a mostly male sport. It's awesome that she is following her dreams in playing on her high school team. That's neat.

    December 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm |