Army bomb disposal expert is real hero, not sports stars

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The next time you hear some screeching commentator laud over-paid, over-hyped sports performers as 'heroes', spare a thought for Warrant Officer Iain Martin.

In the heat, dust and hell of the Helmand province of Afghanistan, this bomb disposal expert spent hours on his belly making 12 explosive devices safe.

It was a continuous operation that demanded exceptional skill and courage because no two bombs are the same and each was big enough to blow a truck off the road. And he didn't wear full body armour because it would have made him an obvious target for snipers.

Now that's a hero.

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