Many of us have heard or even uttered this phrase at least once in our lifetime, most likely during a movie session. And more often than not, the heros seldom die. It almost never happens in our Nollywood movies.
But life isn't Nollywood. In real life, there are no film tricks and if the actor isn't careful, actor go die and the Hero will become the victim.
This is the sad case of Dr Sheik Umar Khan, the Sierra Leonean who was involved in the management of more than 100 cases of Ebola virus in his country since the epidemic started in March .
He was the only Viral Hemorrhagic Fever specialist in Sierra Leone.
The 39 year old doctor who was said to have contracted the disease last week died yesterday from the same illness.
He is no doubt a National Hero in his country and would be honoured by the world as one who gave his life for a cause he believed in.
He set out to help stop the epidemic of this deadly virus but lost his life in the line of duty.
I wonder if I would do the same.
I can't imagine the pains and dread that this Dr would have felt as he watched life slip gradually away from him. What horror his attending physician must have experienced as he pronounced his colleague dead.
Dr Khan's death reminds me of the character Khan played by Shah Rukh Khan in the movie ' My name is Khan'; 'Khan from the epiglottis'. These 2 fellows had more than their names in common, they both put in all their efforts for the cause they believed in.
A lot of heroes that we celebrate today died for the cause they believed in. Dr Sheik Umor Khan has joined that league and will be remembered for this.
The question is ' what will I be remembered for?'
What do you stand for?
Is that cause worth your life?