Adam Michael Calderon rescued Vera L. McGarrah from an attacking dog, Lake Elsinore, California, February 2, 1988. Mrs. McGarrah, 59, was knocked to the ground and repeatedly bitten by a 70-pound Doberman pinscher. She screamed for help. Adam, 17, high school student, witnessed the attack from his home and immediately ran to Mrs. McGarrah as a second fully-grown Doberman approached. Adam punched and kicked the dogs, distracting them from Mrs. McGarrah, who crawled to the safety of a fenced-in yard. After being taken to the ground and bitten several times himself by the dogs, Adam also escaped into the yard. Mrs. McGarrah was hospitalized a month for treatment of severe bite wounds to both legs. Adam required hospital treatment for less severe bite wounds, from which he recovered.
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