Their pictures may explain it.
This guy received the Fire Brigade’s Gold Award for risking his life to rescue people after the Number 30 bus was ripped apart in a suicide bomb attack in London’s Tavistock Square – one of four suicide bomb attacks that killed 52 people and injured almost 800.
OK, they’re both 41-year-old Simon Ford. It’s been suggested that after the 7/7 attacks, when he displayed such heroism, that he suffered personal problems and became a cocaine user. You can read the BBC version of the story here.
So to return to the question in the title – hero or villain? Actually, isn’t it a far more interesting prospect that he’s both? Hero and villain. Wouldn’t that make a more interesting story, should it be turned into fiction?