(NEW YORK) -- Despite his opposition to the title, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has been called a hero by many, but he sure doesn't want to be treated as one.
The former Marine sergeant has denied a judge's deadline extension that would allow him to apply for his dream job -- to become a New York City firefighter. Meyer missed the original deadline nearly two weeks ago because he was in Washington, D.C., receiving the prestigious award from President Obama.
The 23-year-old declined the judge's offer because he did not want to be a special exception.
Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, becoming the first living Marine to receive it for heroism in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received the nation’s highest military award for repeatedly rushing into heavy enemy fire in an attempt to rescue four missing U.S. servicemembers pinned down in an intense hours-long ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009.
He insists he is not a hero, but rather, was only doing "what Marines do."
"I’m the furthest thing from a hero,” Meyer said on ABC's World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. “If this is what it feels like to be a hero you can have it.”
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