BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) –
It’s not a movie, it’s not a joke and it’s not pretend. A Beaverton man has decided to live out his dream in a most unusual way.
By day, he works a normal job, but at night, he puts on red spandex tights, grabs a ballistic shield and patrols local neighborhoods looking to stop trouble and help those in need.
He goes by the name The Guardian Shield.
“I make sure no one is breaking into cars, no one’s fighting, everyone is getting home to their families after a hard day of work,” he said.
Guardian Shield, who is fine simply being called Shield, asked FOX 12 not to use his real name. Instead, he wanted the focus to be on his mission.
On his nightly patrols, he looks for anything out of the ordinary. On a recent moonlit evening, Shield received nothing but positive feedback from the people he came across.
“I think it’s actually pretty cool seeing him around,” said Chris Delorenza.
Delorenza and his sister Katie said they love seeing the Shield roam the streets at night – where he often poses for cell phone photos with his fans – but they also admitted their mom wasn’t quite ready for him.
“She was getting out of her car and he talked to her and instead of talking to him she screamed, yeah, she got scared,” said Katie Delorenza.
The Guardian Shield is equipped with his shield, of course, but also pepper spray, a stun gun, a baton, a flashlight, a first aid kit and a GoPro camera.
“I want to be taken seriously,” he said. “Everything I do is legit, as much as possible.”
The Shield said his interactions with police have been positive and officers told FOX 12 they are aware of him. Police said they don’t encourage people to step into dangerous situations, but they do appreciate those who call 911 when they spot trouble and The Shield has done just that.
The Shield said he’s also not worried about the possibility of his involvement in a situation leading to a lawsuit against him.
“If I intervene, that means that somebody was down and nobody was doing nothing, and I’m tired of that,” he said. “People are sue-happy, but there’s also a reason why nobody gives a crap anymore and bad things happen, and it’s unacceptable.”
When asked about his personal life and whether The Guardian Shield has a significant other, he said that information would remain classified.
For more, go to The Guardian Shield’s Facebook page.
*FOX 12, using The Shield’s real name, checked into his background and found no criminal record.