Saturday, April 23, 2016

Superhero Saturday - The Crimson Fist

Meet The Crimson Fist

Here is a superhero who has fought crime from coast to coast starting in Atlanta Georgia and now has made his way to Southern California.

This Crime fighter is also a community advocate to help the homeless. He is also a Futurist with a diverse and experienced background.
The Crimson Fist is living proof that no matter where you are at in life, you can step it up and become a hero.

Deirdra: Who or what inspired you to become a superhero?
Crimson Fist: Early in my life, I became a drug addict and general delinquent. Over time, I decided to turn my life around and focus on helping my community, eventually settling into the idea of using the image of a superhero to inspire others because I found them to be inspiring when I was cleaning up my life.

Deirdra: How did you come up with your superhero name?
Crimson Fist: Before becoming a superhero, I used to fight crime as a regular citizen. One night, I took things too far and hurt someone that did not deserve to be hurt. My name is a reminder that I will always have blood on my hands, and to be conscious of how my actions can hurt other people.

Deirdra: Who made your costume?
Crimson Fist: My mask and suit were made by other heroes from Utah and Minnesota (respectively). Everything else is off-the-shelf tactical and athletic gear.

Deirdra: If you could have any super power what would it be?
Crimson Fist: I would want a power that let me heal others. It's not flashy, but it would do the most good.

Deirdra: What do you hope to accomplish?
Crimson Fist: My goal is always to just help at least one person every day, and to try and inspire others to do the same.

Deirdra: Are the police supportive or do they see you as a lawless vigilante?
Crimson Fist: In Atlanta, I worked very closely with the officers in my patrol area. I always strive to operate within the confines of the law, so I am generally pretty well accepted with time.

Deirdra: Are you in danger by doing what you do?  
Definitely. I am very lucky to have only sustained a handful of injuries over the years, but I have definitely seen more than my fair share of "action."

Deirdra: Are you stopping crimes and helping people?
Crimson Fist: As often as possible. In the past my responsibilities have included street-level homeless outreach, recovering stolen goods, breaking up violent altercations, fundraising for local homeless shelters and charities, fending off gang activity, and counseling drug addicts. More often than not, however, my time is spent analyzing crime trends and trying to stay one step ahead of the "other team".

What does your significant other think of you being a superhero?
Crimson Fist: She is very supportive and helps out how she can, though I'm certain she worries when I am out at nights.

Deirdra: Does your mom know you are doing this?
Crimson Fist: Absolutely not.

Deirdra: Do you have a weakness? 
Crimson Fist: I'm a sucker for karaoke and cannot resist stopping in for a quick song while on patrol.

Deirdra: How long have you been doing this?
Crimson Fist: I first started patrolling in 2006, so this is my 10th year!

Deirdra: What is the most frustrating thing about being a superhero?
Crimson Fist: Not being able to share my stories with people I love. Answering the question "So, what did you do this weekend?" is incredibly difficult when trying to maintain my secret identity.

Deirdra: Do you keep a secret identity, is so, why? Is it hard to keep a secret identity?
Crimson Fist: As stated above, I do keep a secret identity. I do this because I don't want to seek credit or praise for doing good deeds. I use the superhero identity to show other people that anyone can do good, and it works best if they don't know who I am.

Deirdra: How did those close to you react when you became a superhero?
Crimson Fist: Nobody knew at the beginning, but those around me did note the change in my general demeanor.

Deirdra: Who is your hero?
Crimson Fist: I have too many to pick just one. Doing what I do has afforded me the opportunity to meet so many amazing and inspiring people who work so hard to help others.

Deirdra: What do you want the people of your community to know?
Crimson Fist: I want everyone to understand that within them they have the power to make big changes in the world. While none of us has the power to change things alone, we each have the power to change the lives of the people around us. Taking time to put the well being of others before yourself, if even only for a moment, is a decision we can all choose to make.


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