Being labeled a hero doesn’t necessary mean you wear a cape and a mask and save the world. Some of the most honorable heroes are completely visible and use no super powers. As for 62-year-old James Farmer Jr., he will go down in history for his selfless act of saving two teenage boys from a homeless man’s attack.
James Farmer, an Army veteran, was sleeping in his car when he woke up and saw two teens being attacked by 28-year-old, DeJuan Stamps, a homeless man in downtown Denver.
Approaching the violent man, he then took the attention from the teenage boys, making himself the target. This eventually ended up in the veteran losing his life.
“He took [an] oath when he joined the United States Army and promised never to leave a man behind. Well, that is what James stood for on June 16, 2017. He heard someone in need and risked his life to save [the] lives of those teenagers,” the family said. “James sacrificed himself and in return died a brutal murder.”
According to Denver police, when they arrived they witnessed Farmer on the ground as a man was “continuously striking the victim in the chest with force.” Farmer did not make it to a hospital. An autopsy confirmed that he died on the spot from “blunt-force” injuries.
Aidan Brown was one of the teens who was beaten up. His father Wes Brown states that his son had been injured in a way that required his son to receive staples in his head. The teenage boy had been left unconscious.
With severe injuries like that, who knows what would have happened to the teens had the homeless man continued attacking them. Unfortunately it took a life to save to lives.
“He surely would’ve died had [Farmer] not intervened,” Wes Brown told the Denver Channel. “No one is surprised that he stepped in the way he did, which I found amazing, and I wish I could thank him personally.”
James Farmer’s family described him as a hard working, family-oriented man. They also said that even after leaving the army he still lived his life like a soldier, which can be witnessed in this tragic event. Farmer went into a battle that was not his, but yet managed to save two lives in return risking his own.
Apparently Farmer was living out of his car so that he could save money and move back to Seattle with his fiancee. They were planning to buy a home together.
“We would like to clarify that he was not just some ‘homeless’ man living in his car. The Saab he resided in, he bought and paid for,” family members stated, according to KDVR. “James Farmer Jr. moved down to Denver to further his employment opportunities. He sent money back to his grandchildren and family. He had dreams, goals and ambitions.”
According to CNN, Farmer died near the St. Francis Center, a shelter that provides employment and housing services to homeless adults in Denver. Farmer was well-known at the center and was close to the staff.
The center held a memorial service for him Tuesday morning, thanking everyone who came out to honor his life.
“People who know what’s right do what’s right. And he was one of those people who did it. He stepped up to help. And unfortunately, it cost him his life,” a shelter official told KDVR about Farmer.
As for the suspect, police say that the 28-year-old is facing charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.
James Farmer died a Super Hero and will forever be remembered for his selfless and courageous acts.