I don't think he was acting at all. And I never recalled anyone call him a "hero." He was just doing what needs to be done, and doing the decent thing of searching for survivors and / or bodies for proper burial was the "Right Thing" to do.
Unfortunately, as with all things over time, priorities change. They've probably recovered as much as they are going to, body-wise. Everything else will just be unrecognizable and unplacable - a finger, an arm, a crushed foot. It could be said that there isn't much left to recover.
So, why not redirect the resources to things that are more needed - like real fire protection? Especially with the danger of a repeat terrorist attack, the city could use well-rested, prepared and ready emergency response teams. They are probably not getting the rest and closure they need, continuing to dig in the wreckage.
I don't mean to sound cold or heartless, but at some point in time, everything has to move on and return to normal. Things are not normal, but we need to take small steps in that direction.
I just farted... And I blame the fiction section. - Psycho Les
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