Justice is blind.
Tom Guzzi, a legally blind 71-year-old, was able to defend his Pittsburgh home from a pair of alleged armed robbers, according to CBS Local.
Guzzi was home alone early Saturday morning when two men professing to be utility workers, arrived at his door, Fox News reports. The men claimed they were there to check out a gas leak and needed to see the home's gas meter, police said. When Guzzi led them to the basement, the two men allegedly attacked him.
Guzzi told CBS Local that the two assailants repeatedly struck him with a gun, used a Taser, and beat him with a VCR. One suspect allegedly shoved a gun in Guzzi's mouth while the other yelled, "Shoot him, shoot him," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The quick-thinking homeowner, however, was able to pull the gun out of his mouth and shout, "John, call the police," in order to make the suspects think that someone else was in the house.
Hearing this, the poseur utility workers fled upstairs, Guzzi said. When Guzzi ran after them, one suspect hit him over the head with a picture hanging on the wall before Guzzi grabbed a nearby cooking pot and began to hit the two men with it until they left his home.
Unfortunately, the robbers were able to take the man's wallet, as well as an empty safe
Due to his poor eyesight, Guzzi was unable to give a detailed description of the two men to investigators, though he did note that they were wearing orange or yellow safety vests.
Guzzi needed almost 30 staples to close up the gashes on his head.
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Granny Lulu Campbell
A pair of armed were in for a surprise when they found themselves in a shoot-out with a 57-year-old grandmother. Police said that Lulu Campbell drove to her daughter's house and dropped off her grandson on April 21, 2012, when someone demanded money outside her car, threatening to shoot her. Campbell says the man fired at her, missing, and she surprised them by firing back, striking him in the chest. Her truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood, one in the grill. Both front side windows were destroyed. A second man fled after she shot at him.
Pudding the Cat
On February 8, 2012, just hours after bringing 21-pound cat Pudding home from the Humane Society, Amy Jung of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin had a diabetic seizure in her sleep. Pudding immediately sensed that Jung was in trouble, batting and biting at her face until she briefly regained consciousness. Pudding then darted into the bedroom of Jung's son, Ethan, and pounced on his bed until he awoke. Ethan called for help thanks to the hefty cat's fast thinking. Doctors agree that had it not been for Pudding's actions, Jung likely would not have survived the night.
Jeremy Wuitschick and Johnny Wood
On April 9, 2012, seventh graders Jeremy Wuitschick (pictured) and Johnny Wood noticed something was clearly wrong with their bus driver. As the driver suffered a medical emergency and became unable to control the bus, The Milton, Wash. student grabbed the wheel and successfully drove the bus to safety. Meanwhile, Wood performed CPR on the unconscious driver.
7-year-old Rita Lawlor knew what she had to do when she found her mother unconscious: slap her with a piece of pizza. When that didn't work, young Rita kept her cool, called 911, and stood outside on the lawn until help arrived. Rita received an award from the Sarasota County (Fla.) Fire Department for her heroic action in January 2012.
On April 2, 2012, 81-year-old John Collins suffered a heart attack while flying his Cessna twin-engine plane over Wisconsin. His wife, Helen, 80, was in the passenger's seat. Helen had no pilot's license, and had only undergone basic take-off and landing training thirty years prior. But with fuel running low and the right engine out, Helen calmly landed the plane, with assistance from aviation officials. Tragically, John Collins passed away that day. Helen suffered a back injury and cracked rib, and has since gained national attention for her unbelievable poise and control.
The next time someone tells you video games are a waste of time, tell them to talk to Paxton Galvanek. In November 2007, he witnessed an SUV roll off the highway and rushed to help. The North Carolina man not only pulled one passenger from the wreckage, but, when he found a second passenger bleeding profusely, Galvanek was able to control the bleeding using a towel. How did Galvanek know what to do in this situation? He says he got his first-aid know-how by playing the "medic" training level in <em>America's Army</em>, a video game released by the US Army as a recruitment tool.
Pinky the Dog
When 9-year-old Richie Bragg was attacked in Aug. 2010 by a swarm of bees, his 18-year-old boxer puppy, Pinky, noticed her owner was in distress. Pinky leapt onto the scene to distract the bees from Richie, taking over 40 stings for the boy. While getting attacked by a swarm of bees is bad news for anyone, it turns out that Richie was in special need of protection: He not only is allergic to bees, but also has a condition preventing his blood from quickly clotting, meaning that Pinky's intervention could well have meant the difference between life and death. Pinky, coincidentally, was also allergic to bees, and suffered an anaphylactic reaction before reaching the vet. Fortunately, both boy and puppy completely recovered.
As an FBI agent, Harry Trombitas may not strike most people as an "unlikely" hero. What is unlikely, however, is the legend's tactical weapon of choice: comedy. By endowing wanted suspects with nicknames like the "Droopy-Drawers Bandit" or "Mullet Man," Trombitas not only entertained the public, but drew the public eye to important details that ultimately helped catch the crooks. Other memorable suspect nicknames include the "Enviro-Friendly Robber," who toted a reusable grocery bag to carry off stolen goods; and the "Dirty Bieber Bandit," who got his moniker after a witness described him as looking like Justin Bieber, "only dirty." Trombitas officially retired from the FBI on Monday, April 30, after almost 30 years with the agency.