Marvel seems to be getting the upper hand as of late in their infinite battle with rival comic company DC. Iron Man and Captain America have replaced Superman as the default when many think of superheroes. While many believe you should actually hate Superman, what he represents is more important than how great his recent movies have been. He is a symbol, something to strive for and remind humanity that we can do better and help others in heroic ways.
West Yorkshire police officer Martin Willis is a seemingly regular cop. He seems like a friendly, humble public servant. However, this may be his Clark Kent persona, because he is now being called a real life Superman.
It all began when a van was involved in a multi-car collision in the early morning of the A1 thouroughfare in England. Willis was the first officer on the scene. He arrived and saw a van dangling over a bridge, in danger of falling.
Willis had been working as an officer for 10 years. When he saw the scene and noticed there was a man in the van hanging upside down, instinct kicked in. He ran over and grabbed the vehicle with his bare hands.
Under these extraordinary circumstances, he was able to help keep the man in the van calm. He explained, "I told the victim not to panic and said 'we're going to get you out of there, whatever you do, don't move. I then grabbed hold of the rear wheel and pulled inwards which helped to keep the van balanced."
Finally, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Servicearrived at the scene. They were able to stabilize the vehicle and relieve Willis, who must have been exhausted by this point. They also rescued the man, who had serious leg injuries.
What was Willis thinking with this stunt? He was thinking about saving lives. He said, "Every time a lorry went by I could see the van sway and I just thought, 'It's right over the A64. If this van goes over it will kill the driver."
Right after he gained notoriety for this, he decided to use the exposure to further help and educate everyone about the importance of driving safely.
"Good evening. Thank you very much to everyone that has tweeted such kind words to me about the collision on the A1M this morning! Very much appreciated! It's not going to be as cold tonight but beware as there is still the potential for ice if skies clear. Drive carefully."