What do you think of when you think of a hero? Someone who wears a cape? Not always. Sometimes they are the ones who are hidden in plain sight. This to me is Max.
I have known Max since he was in high school, and I worked in the office building his mom worked in as a counselor. I used to help greet her clients as the front desk receptionist. I would see Max come and go when he saw his mom often after school or he just stopped by to say hi. Max decided to follow in his mom foot steps and get his Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University in Psychology. But not only is he wanting to be a counselor, he wants to specialize in the crisis aspect of it. He is currently working with the Phoenix Fire Department on their Crisis Response team. I can honestly say I had no idea this was even a thing, but I had Max explain it to me because I was intrigued. When there is an emergency/accident, he and his coworkers on the team will go out and help those who have witnessed things at the emergency such as those who found a body due to suicide/homicide, or children who have witnessed domestic abuse, among other things as well.
Can I just say to me that is such an amazing, yet tough job to do? I could not imagine having to do a job like Max does, but it is something he loves, and to me that makes him a hero. They don’t always wear capes. Sometimes they wear duck hunting and fishing clothes, or just a simple t-shirt and hat showing they work for the Fire Department. Regardless, they are heroes. Congratulations again Max! You are going to do great things.