Homeless ‘trolley man’ fought off terrorist
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.