You run to the sound of the guns. You are the sheepdog. You have a job to do.
Ex Royal Marine with a handgun saved 100 lives as terrorists ran amokThere is a side-story here that we won't know, and probably shouldn't. Kenya's gun laws are as crazy as the UK's, so not just anyone can carry a sidearm. He had an interesting job, and he knew all that would be over if he acted.
A former marine emerged as a hero of the Nairobi siege yesterday after he was credited with saving up to 100 lives.
The ex soldier was having coffee at the Westgate mall when it was attacked by Islamists on Saturday.
The former soldier is said to have returned to the building on a dozen occasions, despite intense gunfire.
A friend in Nairobi said: ‘What he did was so heroic. He was having coffee with friends when it happened.
‘He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside.’
Sources said the soldier was in the Royal Marine and now lives in Kenyan. He cannot be named for security reasons.
The British military regularly train and operate out of Kenya, and have been involved in tracking UK citizens involved with hardline Islamists in Somalia and Yemen.
Former members work with both the UK and Kenyan governments and security firms across East Africa.
But he acted.
Marine; well done and fullbore.