Home­less ‘trol­ley man’ fought off ter­ror­ist

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BEKAH KA­VANAGH

A HERO who in­spired Aus­tralia by us­ing a shop­ping trol­ley to fight a mur­der­ous ter­ror­ist dur­ing the Bourke St rama­page is a hum­ble home- less bat­tler who put his life on the line to help po­lice.

Michael Rogers re­turned to the scene of his ex­tra­or­di­nary hero­ics last night, 24 hours af­ter re­peat­edly slam­ming a trol­ley into ji­hadist Has­san Khalif Shire Ali as the knife-wield­ing ex­trem­ist lunged at po­lice.

“I have seen the trol­ley to the side and I picked it up and I ran and threw the trol­ley straight at him and got him but didn’t get him down,” he said.

Mr Rogers was still try­ing to bring Shire Ali, who had mur­dered restau­ra­teur Sisto Malaspina, down when po­lice opened fire.

A na­tion­wide search was sparked on Fri­day to track down the self­less hero but Mr Rogers, 46 and home­less, was un­aware his photo was be­ing shared among those mourn­ing cafe owner Sisto Malaspin na 500m up the road.

For a man with few pos­sess sions, Mr Rogers was not conc cerned that his phone had b been smashed dur­ing the fight.

Dubbed “trol­ley man”, Mr Rogers re­peat­edly slammed a trol­ley into Shire Ali dur­ing his ram­page (pic­tured).

Even when he lost his bal­ance at one point, Mr Rogers did not give up, get­ting up and ram­ming the as­sailant again.

“And I did that mo­tion a few times and it just was not get­ting him down,” he said.

The shy and hum­ble hero posed for our front-page pho­to­graph with the very trol­ley he used on Fri­day.

By-standers froze as the hero took his place next to the trol­ley for our pho­tos.

Some took out their mo­bile phones, while oth­ers came and shook his hand.

“Thank you, I could never do that,” one man said.

“That was in­cred­i­ble brav­ery, you are a cham­pion mate,” said an­other.

The re­luc­tant hero smiled po­litely as ran­dom fans con­grat­u­lated him on his hero­ics.

Dressed in the same black top and khaki pants he wore when he put his life on the line on Fri­day, the mys­te­ri­ous hero then picked up his bag and walked off into the night.

Peo­ple have taken to so­cial me­dia to praise Mr Rogers’ courage, with some call­ing for him to re­ceive a medal.

“What a le­gend,” one fan wrote on­line.

An­other said: “Trol­ley man is ev­ery­thing great about Aus- tralia. He’s not run­ning away. He’s help­ing in a cri­sis, and he’s do­ing it in a ridicu­lous but ef­fec­tive way.”

One wit­ness posted about how she had spo­ken to Mr Rogers at the scene and he told her his ac­tions were “just in­stinc­tive to help the po­lice pro­tect the safety of oth­ers”.

Po­lice yes­ter­day con­firmed they had spo­ken to Mr Rogers.

A sec­ond man bran­dish­ing a chair also tried to aid po­lice.

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