Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pair recognized for heroic actions in pit bull attacks

By Rochelle Baker, from Abbotsford Times

Abbotsford, B.C.

Two men received commendations from the Abbotsford Police Board for fighting off two pit bulls running wild that mauled an 80year-old man and another woman in March.

Byron Wiebe and Adam Pampalon were recognized by Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman on Tuesday for their quick response, courage and willingness to place themselves at risk.

The two men were each driving along Lilac Crescent on March 15 around 12: 30 p.m. when the attacks took place.

Pampalon sighted the two dogs in the middle of the road before seeing them run at an elderly man from behind and bite his leg.

Grabbing a golf club, Pam-palon charged at the dogs, scaring them away, back to their residence.

Wiebe was also in the area when he heard screams and saw the dogs attacking a 53year-old woman.

The pit bulls were savaging the victim, who had been pushed to the ground by the animals.

Wiebe leapt from his vehicle and raced to the scene, kicking the dogs until they released the woman.

The woman's injuries were very serious and involved large gashes to her arm that required immediate surgery and puncture wounds to her face and legs that needed stitches, according to police.

The board noted that Wiebe prevented further injuries to the woman, who experienced a great deal of pain and anxiety in the violent attack.

Wiebe, who did attend, said he simply responded to a necessary situation.

"It's just one of those things. You don't ever know what you are going to do in any situation," he said.

"But when you see somebody that needs help - you do it."

Asked if he had anything else he wanted to say, Wiebe simply thanked his wife and children, who were in the room.

He particularly thanked his 10-year-old daughter, who had been proudly telling everyone the last couple of days that her dad was, "going to get a constipation from the police."

The mayor expressed gratitude to the father and husband for risking his safety.

"Thank you for thinking of someone other than yourself," said Banman.

"A lot of people would have just driven by."

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