The instant a dad holds his child for the first time, he instinctively becomes a protector –- the hero who will do whatever it takes to safeguard the baby he brought into this world.
And while he spends his days providing a roof over their heads –- and food on their plates –- in his heart, this hero always knows that his ultimate role is to shield his progeny from pain, and stop at nothing to make sure their dreams come true.
Today, we would like to a moment to honor the dads who unconditionally embody this tenant. The fathers who will sacrifice their own lives for the lives of children who need them and do whatever it takes to bring them the utmost joy.
SLIDESHOW: HONORING 5 HEROIC DADS
Check out tweets below from our readers about their heroic dads, and tell us what makes your dad a hero in the comments below.