As an aspiring teacher I cannot help but shed tears of admiration for the bravery and honor of Professor Liviu Librescu.
Several students involved in the Virginia Tech murders emailed Professor Librescu's family to tell them the story of his heroic act of barricading the doors allowing students to flee from a crazed gunman.
"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Librescu's son, Joe Librescu, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his home outside Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."
Librescu became one of the 33 victims to lose his life in this tragedy that has captivated the nation. One would assume that the death toll would have been much greater had it not been for Librescu's actions.
In a split-second decision this Professor chose to sacrifice his life for others.