Have-a-go heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Some are leather-clad bikers who help kids in need, others are school kids who stand up to bullies. Others are 85-year-old heroes who stop a store being robbed by fending off a gang of attackers.
Denis O’Connor may be a great-granddad, but that doesn’t mean he’s shy when it comes to a confrontation. Denis was in his local betting shop in County Cork, Ireland, when a group of raiders entered in hoodies and masks.
The young men were brandishing a sawn-off shotgun and hammers as they threatened the patrons and the staff in the bookies.
A group of men entered Bar One Racing in Glanmire, County Cork around 6.20pm on Saturday evening. The three men burst through the door and headed straight for Tim Murphy, the manager of the store (and one of Denis’ good friends).
Luckily, this 85-year-old hero was in the store as it all happened
Denis is still a gym goer and is very physically fit for his age. You can’t keep this octogenarian down!
I just didn’t think about what I was doing. Sometimes you can just sit down and do nothing or you can stand up to people like these and that’s what I did.
Denis, evidently, wasn’t going to let his friend get hurt. Like a superhero, he jumped into action, looking down the barrel of a shotgun as he yelled at the young men.
O’Connor pushed the men from behind the counter and even threw a stool at one of them before tripping up another. This man is a machine!
Though he put himself in a dangerous situation, Denis doesn’t regret anything he did. He saved his friend from danger and that was all that mattered. Although the local police do recommend that other would-be-heroes don’t attempt to do the same as Denis. AsSuperintendent Mick Comyns says, “the outcome may not be as positive or successful.”
So, is Denis fearful after the action-packed raid? The answer is no, in fact, he still goes to the same betting shop now. Age really is nothing but a number!
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