I get kinda tired hearing how everyone's heroes are their mom and pop. Maybe that's just 'cause mine aren't, I don't know. I mean, I love them dearly, I respect them, and they've been hugely positive influences on my life, but they're not paragons of virtue, justice, honor, determination, or anything else usually associated with heroes.
A personal hero of mine is Steve Irwin, rest in peace. Now, here's a guy who absolutely loves what he does, and wants to share his love for all of nature with everyone else. He went way out of his way and put his life on the line to introduce humanity to the natural world it was forgetting, and I'm sure he managed to introduce a lot of compassion into people's hearts. Some people may think he's corny, some Aussies may think he's as stereotypical a spokesman for Australia as Crocodile Dundee was, but I've got a huge amount of respect for him. He truly had a driven, honorable, and compassionate soul.