The former Marine who stopped an armed robbery inside an Arizona gas station last month was recently honored with the Yuma County Sheriff's Office Citizen’s Valor Award.
The veteran, James Kilcer, immediately took action, disarming one of the three suspects who was pointing his weapon at the cashier and frightening away the two others with him.
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“Sh*t needed to be done,” he said, according to Marine Corps Times. “I kind of saw what was coming my way and just, you know, I wasn’t gonna sit around and cry about it. And I just waited until he took that one extra step and — boom! — fu**ing hit him and just instinct kicked in.”
While the two unarmed suspects who ran off are still at large, the suspect Kilcer confronted was caught and booked.
The department said the award presented to Kilcer is for “extraordinary heroism and exceptional courage while voluntarily coming to the aid of another citizen during an incident involving criminal activity at extreme, life threatening, personal risk in an attempt to save or protect human life.”
In accepting the award, which is the highest honor "for citizens whose actions warrant recognition," Kilcer showed up in a shirt and hat that made quite the statement.
"This is gold," one Twitter user commented. "What a legend," another said.