Gail Simone is the current writer of Batgirl. Before that, she wrote Birds Of Prey. She is almost as well known for her writing skill as she is for her political beliefs. The woman is not shy about stating her feelings. Some people like to say, "Well, yeah, anyone can be gutsy on the page. But would she do that stuff in real life?"
Well...yes. Yes, she would. And she did.
Simone posted to her blog about how she and another guy literally risked their lives to save another woman.
"So I grabbed my keys and my phone to go see what I could do. By this time, she's full on screaming and the guy is cursing and yelling, and at the very least, I can hear that he's hitting her. I run towards the sound, and she comes running out of the dark area between two of the apartment buildings--she's thrown her shoes off to be able to run.
"And she's screaming HELP ME.
"And the guy comes out after her.
"Now, it's dark, and there's nobody around. And when I worked at a crisis center, they used to warn us not to go into dark, enclosed areas like this when there's a dangerous situation.
"So the guy is chasing her, and I make it to her, and put myself between him and the girl. I have my keyring clenched in my fist with the keys sticking out, which does a lot of damage very quickly, if necessary. I am weirdly, completely calm, but it is also very clear that this guy is not going to be allowed to put his hands on the girl. What I don't know is that my son, in his room on the third floor, has heard the shouting and is looking for the number for the complex's security."
It's at this point the other guy shows up, and joins Simone in blocking the guy's path. Her son can't find the number, and rushes down to see if he can help. He joins the human barricade, meaning this asshole is facing a three to one fight against people ready to take him down.
Then the girl they were protecting found her cell phone and called the cops. He split.
Keep in mind this could have gone horribly horribly wrong. What if the attacker had a gun? What if he tried attacking Simone before the next guy showed up? Someone could have been hurt, maimed, maybe even killed.
But that didn't matter. Saving this woman was all that counted. And they did it.
Simone wrote about it on her blog. She then wrote another entry telling people to quit praising her, she wasn't a hero.
Bullshit she's not.
One of the things you learn when you get into any field is that 90% of the people you thought were so cool when you were on the outside looking in? They're actually total douchebags, ready to fight by the corporate masters that own them or just to serve their own egos. That happened to me just this month.
Which makes discovering that 10%, the genuine people who WILL do the right thing, that much more wonderful.
Come and honor these heroes among us.