As word spread of the Magnificent Thirteen’s heroic deeds, more rushed to join the efforts. On February 13, 1979, Curtis Sliwa created “The Guardian Angels.” Volunteers of all ages go through weeks-long rigorous training, in which they learn martial arts techniques in order to defend themselves, enforce discipline, and make legal citizens’ arrests, all without the use of weapons. Men and women in the Guardian Angels are recognizable in their bright red berets and military-like bomber jackets. These unarmed volunteers patrol the streets and subways, often in groups, keeping a watchful eye over the city.

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