Very often a true hero never consider themselves as such. Whether their actions stem from instinct or training, the end result is the same; these brave people put themselves into life threatening situations in order to help others.
Here we have a fine example of a true hero embarking on a completely selfless act. A man whose identity remains a secret for security reasons, saved 100 civilian lives during the Kenyan shopping mall terror attack in September 2013.
The former Royal Marine returned to the building 12 times during the deadly attack which saw an estimated 13 AK47-wielding jihadists open fire on innocent men, woman and children. Our hero was carrying a mere handgun.
The ex-soldier was having coffee with friends at the Westgate mall in Nairobi when the terrorists burst into the building and began throwing explosives and slaughtering shoppers.
As bullets and explosions brought chaos to the upmarket shopping centre, the man continued to do all that he could to save the people that were trapped inside. It involved returning to the killing zone and rounding up terrified civilians and ensuring their safe passage out of the mall. All this as the terrorists roamed, indiscriminately killing those that crossed their path.
The ex-Royal Marine’s story came to light after he was photographed leading two upset women to safety with a gun tucked into the waistband of his jeans, (top picture).
Sources in Kenya told news agencies that the man was a former Royal Marine who now lives in the country full-time.
A friend of the ex-soldier said, “What he did was so heroic… he went back in 12 times and saved 100 people.”
He added: “Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside”.