Hero of the Day

It just does not get any better than this:

A driver followed three girls walking home from school in Dover on Tuesday, and another man who became suspicious of him confronted him and held him down until police arrived, police said.

Wait. You’re telling me a guy, Joe Citizen, paid attention to his surroundings, saw something that made his lizard brain sit up and hiss, and then actually did something about it?

Elizabeth, I’m comin’ to join ya!

More details:

Troy Smith said he became suspicious of Ronald Dann, 56, when he saw Dann pull out of a gas station and drive down the wrong side of the road before heading down Locust Street, apparently following three teenage girls.

“When they were walking down the street, he would pull up to them,” Smith said. “They would move a few feet, he would pull his car right up to them again, and he did it four or five times.”Smith said he turned his car around and parked on the same side of the street on which Dann was traveling. Eventually, the two cars were nose to nose.”He came right into my face, yelling ‘Who are you? What do you want?’” Smith said. “I said, ‘You don’t know these children. What are you doing?’ And then he pushed me, and I defended myself.”

No, it’s too much! An adult, acting like an adult, and protecting children he doesn’t even know?? Brain…can’t…process.

And when police checked up on the perp…

Police said they found three knives, a hammer and an unusual homemade weapon in Dann’s car.

“It was a head of a hammer with no handle and a wire wrapped around it,” Lt. David Terlemezian said. “No one I spoke with can come up with a legitimate use for something like that.”Police said Dann has lengthy criminal record dating back to the late 1960s, and he was once charged with being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

Mr. Smith, you deserve the Spidey Sense Award. And if it’s not too much trouble, would you teach all your friends and neighbors how to do it as well? And then travel the country, holding seminars titled, “Kicking Ass in the Middle of the Street: You Don’t Get to Mess With Our Kids, Man.”

I’d go.

Oh but there’d be disapproval:

Officials said they’re still investigating what Dann was doing, and they don’t encourage people to get involved as directly as Smith was.

“The message is, be an observer, not a participant, to the extent you can,” Terlemezian said.

I sincerely hope he only said that because he was required to by department lawyers, and gave Mr. Smith a solemn hand-shaking before he left the scene. Good job, Citizen.

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3 Responses to “Hero of the Day”

  1. doubleplusundead Says:
    March 28th, 2008

    Thank God we still have people like this guy around ready to jump in to do what is necessary. BTW, thanks for adding me to the blogroll. I do a fair bit of Nanny State related stories, so it seems like a good fit.

  2. Hazel Stone Says:
    March 28th, 2008

    That isn’t why we linked you, but you’re welcome anyway.

  3. doubleplusundead Says:
    March 28th, 2008

    Another good thing, this guy probably denied Greta Van Susteren a story, so he gets double credit for this. Oh, and I gotta know, was it the Moronosphere, or did you see me through Cold Fury or something?


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