ABC 7 News San Francisco
By Vic Lee
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
"Like in Vietnam when you get hit, you know you're training, you respond," he said.WINDSOR, Calif. (KGO) -- A Vietnam veteran is being hailed as a hero after helping a guard who police say was shot by two men who robbed an armored truck in Windsor on Tuesday.
Both suspects have since been arrested.
Michael Barbitta is a Vietnam veteran who served on a river boat in the infamous Mekong Delta, a place where there was a lot of action during the war. In fact, that war experience served him well Tuesday as he was calm, collected and he knew exactly what to do. "He was laying on the ground saying: 'I'm going to die, I'm going to die, I'm dying, I'm dying' and I basically was saying, 'You're talking, so that's good,"' Barbitta said.
Barbitta's combat experience paid off when he rushed to the side of the Loomis armored truck guard who had been shot several times.
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