Definition of Hero

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 6, 2012 1:24:40 PM PDT
So what defines a hero? And would you measure up if the time came?

None of us knows absolutely for sure how we'd react in a think-fast crisis until we're actually in that situation.

But two crisis situations in the past 18 hours show how 3 heroes did act.

The first is a grandmother on Staten Island who last night managed to push her 8-year-old grandson out of the way of a driver and the car bearing down on them. The car hit the grandmother, and the driver just took off.

She died overnight. She died a hero to her grandson, to her children, to everyone.

Just yesterday she had advised her family to "be strong." Ironic the things people say that, later, turn out to be so on-point.

We'll have the latest on the story (the suspect turned himself in earlier today) and the family's reaction (you can just imagine), tonight at 11.

The other hero story today happened in Virginia Beach. A Navy F/A-18D Hornet crashed into a two-story apartment building but it could have and would have been so much worse if the pilots hadn't waited till the last minute to eject. The out-of-control jet, according to some witnesses, could have easily crashed into a school. But the pilots stayed with the disabled plane long enough to avoid that.


Four people were hurt but as we said, it could have been much worse.

We'll have the latest from Virginia Beach, at 11.

And Nina Pineda goes to bat for a couple in Queens who lost their deposit for their wedding ceremony and reception because of Hurricane Irene last summer. Nina's already retrieved tens of thousands from other couples who got ripped off so this couple saw those reports and quickly called Nina and got 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) with his weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.


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