Calvin D. Sawyer rescued Cristal M. Harmon from attacking dogs, Salem, New Hampshire, October 13, 1993. Cristal, 13, was walking home from school when she was attacked by two mixed-breed dogs. She shouted for help. Driving nearby, Sawyer, 67, retired refrigeration technician, heard her scream, then stopped his car, exited, and approached the dogs. He shouted at them, then grasped the leash attached to one of them and took that dog into the street as Cristal climbed onto the hood of Sawyer’s car. Both dogs attacked Sawyer, keeping him to the pavement as they inflicted severe bite wounds. An off-duty police officer, who had just passed the scene before the attack on Cristal, responded; he distracted the dogs, one of which then bit him. The dogs fled after the officer fired his service revolver. Cristal required hospital treatment for lacerations and bite wounds over her body; she recovered. Sawyer was hospitalized overnight for treatment of his bite wounds, which required suturing. He recovered in about two months.
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