It was in the area near Armour Road and Troost Avenue where an arrest got out of hand and could’ve ended badly if not for the bravery of a good Samaritan.
By any standards, applause was warranted for Blake Applebury.
On Tuesday, the accolades came in the form of a certificate of appreciation from the Kansas City Police Department.
"Honestly, if it hadn't been for this gentleman, I don't know what would've happened," Sgt. Scott Simons said.
Simons was on patrol in July when he spotted a stolen car. He radioed for backup as soon as he realized there were two people in the car, but his suspect walked out of the store before backup arrived. So, Simons tried to arrest him on his own.
"I got one handcuff on and unfortunately he caught me at a moment of disadvantage and knocked me to the ground. I was on my back and really just struggling to maintain control," Simons said.
A crowd was forming, and they weren't on the officer's side.
"I hate to say it, I got pretty scared. I typically don't admit that in my line of work," Simons said.
It was during those scary moments that Applebury did the right thing.
"All of a sudden this young man walked out of the crowd and jumped in, grabbed a hold of the upper body of the suspect and knocked him down which allowed me to get him back into custody," Simons said.
Simons says he watched as Applebury got grief from some in the crowd for stepping in and says his bravery will never be forgotten.
"He obviously put his life in peril to help me. It was very reassuring there are still people out there willing to jump in and help," Simons said.
Despite those tense few minutes, no one was hurt.
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