May 2011 -- US Army Staff Sergeant Eddie Peoples, home on leave in southwest Florida, chased down a suspected bank robber and held him until authorities arrived. Using the combat skills he'd honed during four years in Iraq, SSgt Peoples was at a Bank of America branch in Sarasota, Florida, when a man walked in with a handgun and demanded cash from the teller, officials said. SSgt Peoples said he sprang into action after the thief threatened his sons. As the robber tried to make his getaway, he left his sons inside the bank and ran to his rented van, which he used to block the car of Matthew Rogers. Rogers drove his Honda into the van, trying to bust through it. When that didn't work, he got out and pointed his gun at the soldier, who twisted the man's arm, stripped away the weapon and slammed him to the ground. "I've been through five deployments. I've fought the Muqtada militia, everybody you can think of, so weapons getting pointed at me, it doesn't really bother me anymore," the father of four told Fox News in Tampa Bay. Rogers was charged with armed robbery. Peoples became a superhero dad to this 4- and 6-year-old sons and went on a media blitz tour as a hero. .Feb. 28, 2012 update: VICENZA, Italy - For his actions in taking down the bank robber, he received the peacetime Soldier's Medal, awarded to soldiers who display heroism and an act of bravery not involving actual conflict with the enemy. It is the peacetime equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross. ."He was terrorizing the bank and I knew I had to do something," Peoples said. "He was just a domestic terrorist, spreading terror inside that bank with threat to life and limb. If I was in Iraq, I would take action. This was no different."..CONTACT Carla Hotvedt at SILVER IMAGE® Photo Agency and Weddings 352.373-5771 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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