Dwight Stan Sadek rescued Narinder S. Mondair from an attacking cougar, Creston, British Columbia, May 25, 1995. Mondair, 33, was inspecting a railroad track in a remote area when an adult male cougar, starving and emaciated, pounced on him, taking his right hand into its mouth. After pinning the 55-pound animal momentarily, Mondair moved with it to where his radio lay nearby and, with difficulty, called for help, the cougar maintaining its grasp of him. A half-mile away, Sadek, 39, assistant track maintenance supervisor, heard the call, and he responded to the scene. He kicked the cougar and threw rocks at it, but the cougar did not release Mondair. Sadek then retrieved a large wrench from a nearby truck and struck the cougar repeatedly with it, eventually rendering it unconscious. Sadek and Mondair then left the scene in the truck to seek medical help. Mondair was hospitalized two weeks for treatment of his injuries, which required extensive suturing.
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