While there are some skeptics who I admire for their contribution to skepticism there are none who I would describe as my heroes. Assigning someone “hero status” implies that they can do no wrong, and more importantly, that their decisions or behaviour is beyond question. This is not a valid skeptical position, as we are all capable of making mistakes.
The danger of treating prominent skeptics as heroes is that they(and their fans) may start to believe they are beyond reproach. And this has caused issues in skeptical communities overseas, as is well described in the following video.