We often hear about this or that person being a "hero". It's often not true.
This is what a real hero(oes) looks like:
I know the Elk River. It is no puddle. It is frigid cold with a strong current. The rescuer and his girlfriend laid it on the line for a family of strangers.
It tears me up that they will blame themselves for not rescuing the mother, too. I know they will. That's how heroes think.