weather disasters, to attacks, to people making interesting (bad) decisions. When something happens, these people are revered and remembered, but can be taken for granted on a daily basis. A recent event that should come to mind, would be the bombings on the Boston Marathon. The intentions to kill or harm many people was met with great response. The first to respond sprung into action to help their fellow man despite the danger or any other obstacles. The word noble tends to be mutually exclusive with respected. Perhaps the issue has to due with the personal ramifications saving someone else's life does.
Perhaps the number one question in all of this would be, do those in these noble professions believe they are noble?