A Marine Is an Everyday Hero in Arizona

 

At a time when the media is saturated with whining and complaining, a hero comes into view. His name is James Kilcer, a former Marine who makes a point of being alert to his environment and his circumstances. Recently, he was about to leave a gas station convenience store with his purchases when he heard the door open loudly, and noticed that three people were entering and one had a gun:

In one motion, Kilcer grabbed the gun and without hesitation hit the other suspects with a bag of his store purchases, which he said included two Gatorades, two energy drinks and ‘a snack.’

‘I was actually going to take control of his head and the gun at the same time, and the bag just happened to be heavy and attached to me and it smashed him right in the face, Kilcer said.

Although Kilcer gave some credit to his Marine Corps training, he believed that his commitment to being aware, wherever he was, was a key factor.

Heroes can show up anywhere, and I’m glad he had the instincts to act, and am grateful for his courage and for the media coverage of the story.

Sheriff Leon Wilmot of Yuma County awarded Kilcer the Citizen’s Valor Award, which was given for Kilcer’s “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.”

And I especially like his hat and tee-shirt.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Susan Quinn: And I especially like his hat and tee-shirt. 

    Indeed.

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  2. Vance Richards Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: And I especially like his hat and tee-shirt.

    Indeed.

    Knowing that the press would be there, he could have picked out any shirt that morning but something told him this was a Brandon moment.

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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    Knowing that the press would be there, he could have picked out any shirt that morning but something told him this was a Brandon moment.

    Indeed. I also suspect that the Sheriff from Yuma County probably didn’t object either. ;-)

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  4. WI Con Member
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    I’m going out on a limb and predict he won’t be recognized at a Biden State of the Union.

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    I’m going out on a limb and predict he won’t be recognized at a Biden State of the Union.

    Ya think?? ;-)

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  6. Max Knots Member
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    I’m not sure of the spelling but the sentiment is “oorah!” Well done Sir!

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  7. Caryn Thatcher
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    I love it, but…well, I’m not sure I’d be laughing if the situation was reversed.  Well, I’ll suck it up and revel in the moment.  We get so few these days.  Good on him for his quick thinking and reflexes!  May well have saved lives; you never know if someone with a gun would rather not leave witnesses vs using it to threaten.  After 9/11, I’m tending not to give anyone the benefit of the doubt.

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  8. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    Knowing that the press would be there, he could have picked out any shirt that morning but something told him this was a Brandon moment.

    Indeed. I also suspect that the Sheriff from Yuma County probably didn’t object either. ;-)

    Given the hourly crisis of the border under Brandon, I suspect the Yuma County Sheriff approved.

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  9. Stad Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn:

    In one motion, Kilcer grabbed the gun and without hesitation hit the other suspects with a bag of his store purchases, which he said included two Gatorades, two energy drinks and ‘a snack.’

    ‘I was actually going to take control of his head and the gun at the same time, and the bag just happened to be heavy and attached to me and it smashed him right in the face, Kilcer said.

    My hero!

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  10. TBA Coolidge
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    Pffft, big deal. Biden people are heroes too – they help old ladies vote

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  11. kedavis Coolidge
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    TBA (View Comment):

    Pffft, big deal. Biden people are heroes too – they help old ladies vote.

    They help dead people vote too.

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  12. Rodin Member
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    He is a man after my own profile picture.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    He is a man after my own profile picture.

    What great taste he has!

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  14. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Good for him.

    14 years-old and swinging for the fences to hit felony home runs, sad.

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Good for him.

    14 years-old and swinging for the fences to hit felony home runs, sad.

    Doug, I think I’m missing something. To whom are you referring? Kilcer?

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  16. Arahant Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Doug, I think I’m missing something. To whom are you referring? Kilcer?

    The armed robber.

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  17. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Good for him.

    14 years-old and swinging for the fences to hit felony home runs, sad.

    Doug, I think I’m missing something. To whom are you referring? Kilcer?

    The armed robber. The recidivism rate for criminals that commit gun crimes is over 70%. His chances of living to see 18 years-old are not very good. He doesn’t understand that in Arizona you do not have to have a permit to carry concealed. He will eventually run into someone that will shoot him, whether it’s a private citizen, or if he points a gun at a police officer.

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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    The armed robber. The recidivism rate for criminals that commit gun crimes is over 70%. His chances of living to see 18 years-old are not very good. He doesn’t understand that in Arizona you do not have to have a permit to carry concealed. He will eventually run into someone that will shoot him, whether it’s a private citizen, or if he points a gun at a police officer.

    Thanks, Doug, for clarifying. It’s so sad, especially since their chances of living in the short term are slim. Sigh

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  19. kedavis Coolidge
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Good for him.

    14 years-old and swinging for the fences to hit felony home runs, sad.

    Doug, I think I’m missing something. To whom are you referring? Kilcer?

    The armed robber. The recidivism rate for criminals that commit gun crimes is over 70%. His chances of living to see 18 years-old are not very good. He doesn’t understand that in Arizona you do not have to have a permit to carry concealed. He will eventually run into someone that will shoot him, whether it’s a private citizen, or if he points a gun at a police officer.

    On the plus side, that saves the taxpayers a lot of money keeping him in prison for decades, possibly paying for gender-reassignment surgery…

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  20. Percival Thatcher
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    You never reach past a guy with a gun in your hand or that is what can happen to you. The young knucklehead was too focused on the cashier.

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  21. Randy Webster Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    Pffft, big deal. Biden people are heroes too – they help old ladies vote.

    They help dead people vote too.

    I’m not looking forward to voting Democrat.

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  22. kedavis Coolidge
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    TBA (View Comment):

    Pffft, big deal. Biden people are heroes too – they help old ladies vote.

    They help dead people vote too.

    I’m not looking forward to voting Democrat.

     

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  23. Percival Thatcher
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    Percival (View Comment):

    You never reach past a guy with a gun in your hand or that is what can happen to you. The young knucklehead was too focused on the cashier.

    That’s me … critiquing technique on the tactics of a stick-up.

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