This feature explores the rise and fall of Phoenix Jones, Guardian of Seattle. An ambitious individual armed with an expensive bullet-proof suit, pepper spray and other mild offensive weapons. Тhe aspiring hero would walk the streets at night looking for any disturbance he could find and assist with. He began the practice in 2010, foiling car hijackings, breaking up street fights, and even going as far as attempting to intimidate drug dealers.
He even managed to inspire others to join him on patrol. He inspired Purple Rain, who fought to spread awareness about domestic abuse, Midnight jack, and Red Dragon. His group expanded to about ten members, who called themselves the Rain City Superhero Movement.
In his attempts, he acquired many injuries and was dissuaded by police and even other individuals who occasionally played costume heroes. He seemed blind to what everyone else could see - over time, he was likely only making situations worse. At the time, he had joined a cadre of costume-wearing individuals across the world who wanted to leave their mark and play their part in crime fighting.
Phoenix Jones did not seem to share their healthy awareness of their limits and their willingness to allow trained law enforcement to be the main call for assistance. His practice of allowing camera crews to follow him around also drew a lot of criticism as he seemed to care more about his own celebrity than the causes he claimed to champion.
He attracted both villains and supporters, attracting a wide range of media attention on news stations, podcasts, audio shows and YouTube channels.
Phoenix Jones was really Benjamin Fodor, a husband, father and occasional professional fighter. He also worked at a daycare that catered to children with special needs. His exploits as a superhero eventually cost him his day job, his wife and he was eventually arrested on drug charges.
Even though his actions were polarizing, even his detractors were surprised by the way everything turned out.
If you are interested in non-traditional takes on community service, then it will be an interesting watch for you.