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Plumber being called a 'hero' after helping women escape armed men in Raleigh

Posted December 29, 2015
Updated December 30, 2015

— A local plumber is being called a hero after he says two men with a knife approach two women outside of a coffee shop on Glenwood Avenue on Saturday.

"There were other people around. Some of them just stood on the side and looked...some of them walked away," said Everett Collymore.

Collymore, an Army veteran, said he felt compelled to help.

"I just wanted to help them," he said. "It wasn't right to leave them alone...not being able to do something about it."

Collymore said the men refused his orders to stop.

"I just did what any other person would do," he said.

Collymore said he "took care of business" and subdued the men in the parking lot. The women got in their car and called the police.

His company, Michael and Sons, received an email from from a Lydia Morrison saying she and her 78-year-old mother were saved by his actions and wanted to thank the man they called their hero.

But Collymore said he instead of a hero, he would call himself a plumber.

"It's just human instinct. I think anybody would have done the same."

The women never got Collymore's name, but instead reached out to his company. Michael and Sons reached out to the women to let them know they located the man they called a hero, and would connect them for a proper thank you.


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  • Mark Cooper Dec 31, 2015
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    Quit treading light folks... This guy is beyond a hero he is the F'ing Man!!!!

    Bravo, Mr Collymore, Bravo!!!!!

  • Robert Fotch Jr Dec 30, 2015
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    Thank you sir, first of all, for your service. As an army vet myself, I felt compelled to say thank you for all you do. You sir, saved these women's lives and you're a true patriot and a hero! I hope you and your family have an awesome New Year and keep up the good work.

  • Dee Sides Dec 30, 2015
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    Sir, thank you for being a true hero and using your valuable training and instinct from the military. Hopefully, there were cameras from the shop for you and the ladies to ID the attackers.

  • Steve Faulkner Dec 30, 2015
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    The video explains this situation much better than this article. Did the police EVER show up?

  • Leslie Klatt Dec 30, 2015
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    Great guy! He should be proud of stepping up and acting like a "real" man!

  • Dennis Lee Dec 30, 2015
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    Sir I want to salute you on your bravery. Well done!

  • Arthur Raleigh Dec 30, 2015
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    Which coffee shop?

  • Scott Householder Dec 30, 2015
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    Thank you to my fellow Plumber!! Well Done, Sir!!

  • Theo Beach Dec 30, 2015
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  • Stephanie Miracle Dec 30, 2015
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    Thank you, Mr. Colleymore for doing what others would not.