C. James Rospert rescued Rachael Baughn from an attacking dog, Bellevue, Ohio, May 14, 2003. Rachael, 16, was struggling to restrain her family’s 70-pound dog in the front yard of their home after it attacked a boy, inflicting a severe bite wound. The dog then turned on her, biting her repeatedly about the arms and legs. She yelled for help. In his car parked nearby, Rospert, 68, retired truck driver, heard Rachael scream, then saw the attack. He hurried to the scene, donning a pair of leather gloves he had in his car. As Rospert reached Rachael and the dog, the dog broke free of Rachael and attacked him, biting him on his right forearm. Rospert fought the dog off, but it bit him twice more before he kicked it away. Police responded shortly and captured the dog. Rachael and the boy both required hospital treatment for their wounds, as did Rospert, who was detained for surgery. He retained scarring.
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Cornelius James “Jim” Rospert, 84 of Bellevue, Ohio, died on Aug. 7, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family. Rospert was born on Feb. 15, 1935, in Bellevue to Cornelius and Margaret (Driscoll) Rospert.
Rospert was a truck driver for many years after serving in the U.S. Army for two tours in Korea between 1959 and 1963. He also was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 490, VFW Post 1238, and the American Legion Post 46.
Rospert married his wife, Mary (Hammersmith) Rospert, on June 13, 1964 in St. Alphonsus in Norwalk, Ohio. He was the father of Gary Rospert, Dennis Rospert, Denise Bullion, and Darlene George.
He was buried, with military honors, at Bellevue Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue.
(Edited from an obituary published on the website for the Foos and Foos Funeral Home in Bellevue.)