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An 83-year-old grandfather named Willard Burgess [WIL-erd BUR-jis] pushed a man off his roof to end a five-hour standoff at a California neighborhood.
According to reports, the unidentified intruder had been jumping from roof to roof since six in the morning, prompting local civilians to call the authorities. The police and crisis negotiators tried to convince the man to come down, but to no avail.
When the intruder landed on Burgess’ roof, the grandfather took matters into his own hands.
Burgess’ granddaughter recorded the incident. She told the intruder that they did not want to hurt him and simply wanted him off their roof. Refusing to come down, the man jumped to another roof. However, he was threatened by Burgess’ neighbor, so he returned to the grandfather’s roof.
At this point, Burgess climbed up to their roof using a ladder. When he reached the top, he pushed the intruder off. The intruder landed on Burgess’ car, cracking its windshield from the impact. The police then took the intruder to a hospital for a mental health check.
In an interview, Burgess said that old age should not prevent anyone from doing something to help.
In similar incidents across the United States, other senior citizens have also taken matters into their own hands to save the day. One grandfather saved his two-year-old grandson who drowned in a pond by performing CPR on the boy. Another grandmother, who was 56 years old, was also able to save the day when she stopped a man from hitting a police officer.