STAGE OF LIFE       Share Your Story       Coupons       Education Resources
Sign Up Now!

Unsung hero: My grandfather's legacy

Joined: 1/24/2015
Posts: 1
When most people think of the term “hero,” perhaps the first thought to pop into their mind is someone who wears a cape, has supernatural powers, and that fights crime in the dead of the night to right the injustices of ordinary civilians everywhere. However, when I am met with this word, my mind envisions my grandfather whom wore no cape, possessed no supernatural powers, and didn’t fight villains the way that superman would, but despite all of that, he was still superman to my sister and I. Before continuing on, I should give you a bit of background information about what made my grandfather so special to my sister and me, and of course what constitutes him as an “unsung hero.” My grandfather was an emergency medical technician for many years before my sister and I were born. The entire time he served the rescue squad, he had the highest call response record of anyone there. Through his experience of being an EMT, he was able to help a lot of people at their worst times. Although I have heard many acts of bravery, one of them that I heard from my grandmother was that he delivered a baby on the way to the hospital. Upon hearing this, I began to realize that my grandfather was far more special than I could have ever imagined. Even after he was no longer an EMT, he still continued to be a hero. In fact, if you ask me, most of his heroism occurred after he left the rescue squad. A few heroic things that my grandfather did are: take care of both of his parents as their health declined, helping anyone with something as simple as lending them his tools and his time, to something as complex as suturing a dog that was hit by a car for a friend. All of my life and all of my grandfather’s life, he took care of people, putting other’s needs far above his own. Even when my grandfather was diagnosed with leukemia, and had to undergo countless sessions of radiation, he still continued to take care of the people around him. If my sister or I were sick, he went to the drugstore immediately, never stopping to examine his own feelings. Then, later in life when he developed Alzheimer’s disease, he still was just as independent as before. Although he had a disease that affected his memory, he never forgot to let me and my sister know how much we meant to him. Even his last act in this world was a selfless and heroic one. As he was passing away in the hospital, he held mine and my sister’s hand and told us how special we were to him and how much he loved us. As he was in the hospital bed, he was still thinking of my sister and I. Even after his death, it still seems that he is taking care of us.
Rate this:

About StageofLife.comAbout Us: is a free blogging and writing community for high school students that allows teens the opportunity to share their personal stories and essays in an online life journal via their free Stage of Life account.  Check out our national Teen Trend Reports, and make sure to explore the writing contests for high school students, inspirational videos for teens, statistics about students, quotes about high school, and other resources about High School here on  Register to start your free writing profile, share an essay about your life, and help us change the world, one story at a time.  If you are a teacher - review our Language Arts Teaching Resources.

Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month. is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2016 Writing Contests

Writing Contest for High School Students

2015 Writing Contests

2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests

2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests

Stage of Life Mission Statement

Find Us on Facebook      Follow Us on Twitter     Read our Founder's Blog was launched in 2009 as the premier destination for people of all ages to find information, coupons, and stories about one of ten key stage of life transitions:  high school, college, on my own, wedding, married without children, having a baby, home ownership, parenting, grand parenting, and empty nest/retirement.  Nearly 1 million visitors come to the site each year to find information about their stage of life.  Stage of Life users (teens, college students, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers) can also share and archive their life stories via their Stage of Life profile page.  Specialized content includes statistics, quotes, videos, financial tips, coupons, news, writing contests, and more tailored to each of the 10 life stages featured.  My Life Rewards® is the free discount program for all Stage of Life users, readers and writers dedicated to providing printable coupons and coupon codes tailored towards each stage of life.

Terms of Service and Privacy