BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — It seems superheros are real after all, at least in Washington County.
Sheathed in spandex, bedecked in body armor and bearing a ballistic shield, Guardian Shield is shedding light on the darkness in Beaverton and Aloha.
“I’m not out here for the hundreds of people that don’t need me,” Guardian Shield, who won’t reveal his mortal name, told KOIN 6 News. “I’m out here for that one or the few that do.”
Washington County’s superhero fends off forces of evil and crime equipped with pepper spray, a stun gun and his trusty shield.
He’s serious about protecting the innocent. It’s a calling he says he’s felt ever since the launch of the Real Life Super Hero Project.
“Sadly, there is a reason that saying exists, ‘there’s never a cop when you need one,’” Guardian Shield said. “They’re outnumbered.”
Beaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding says there’s an element of truth to that.
“We can’t be everywhere,” Chief Spalding said. “We do get spread pretty thin and there’s times when we’re all tied up on calls.”
At the same time, police worry about the dangers Guardian Shield may face when he’s out fighting crime.
“I’d hate to see him get injured or hurt because he’s not prepared, doesn’t have the training that we provide our police officers,” Chief Spalding said.
But Guardian Shield says he’s ready to engage. He’s got combat confidence stemming from military training, although he’s never had to use it before. He’s never collared a crook, foiled a felony or busted a break-in. And he never hopes to.
“He’s really not any different than neighborhood watch or people walking around in their neighborhoods looking,” Chief Spalding said. “He just happens to be wearing a costume.”
It’s a costume that’s made him stand out among locals. And he’s already racked up a good amount of fans.
“He is the definition of a superhero,” Melissa MacFarlane said. “It’s awesome.”