The Guardian Angles were founded in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa in New York City. Originally called the Magnificent 13, they were composed of the toughest streetfighters Sliwa could find. Their purpose was to protect people from crime on subways and neighborhoods where the police presence was not strong enough. Sliwa picked the number 13 to defy the nay-sayers who said him and his men would be dead within a week.
When their numbers far exceeded 13, they changed their name to the Alliance of Guardian Angels. Eventually, they would branch out to cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Six Guardian Angels have been killed in the line of duty. Curtis Sliwa himself had been shot in an assassination attempt, but survived. Hundreds of Guardian Angels have been injured, including myself.
Their primary mission is to keep people safe. However, they also make citizens arrests, teach self-defense, and work with community outreach programs.
Guardian Angels are not allowed to carry weapons of any kind and are searched for weapons before they begin patrol. To compensate, they train in martial arts.
At present, I am not an active member.