A man in Webster Groves made headlines this week for apprehending three suspected car burglars at gunpoint — a move city police later said they don't recommend.
"The best course is to immediately report suspected criminal activity to the police, safely observe and then report any information," police told Patch after the incident.
One reader called the man a hero for standing up and taking action. Others told Patch he was needless risking his life.
What's the line between being a fool and being a "hero"? The news this month is sprinkled with "hero" stories from around the St. Louis area.
Ballwin aldermen honored two cops and two civilians last week for risking their lives in a attempt to save an elderly woman from a fire in June.
A Manchester resident credits a city police officer and another civilian for racing to her rescue and pulling her from a blazing car — a drama caught on the dashboard camera of the officer's patrol car.
In O'Fallon, a police officer saved an 12-week-old infant who had stopped breathing. Though the officer didn't risk his life, mom certainly considered him a hero and the city honored him in a public meeting this month.
Where would you draw the line between a hero and someone who is taking unnecessary risks? Is there something about directly saving a life, versus thwarting a crime? Is there a situation where a thwarted crime might seem heroic? Do you know someone who has been in a similar situation, someone you have described as a hero? Tell us the story!