John M. Walker, Jr., rescued Arrick D. Denson from an animal attack, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 24, 1984. Arrick, 8, was knocked to the ground by a large dog which then bit him about the head, chest, and back. A neighbor, Walker, 62, disabled exterminator, heard Arrick’s cries and, despite having a heart condition, ran to the scene. He hit the dog repeatedly on the head with a board, diverting it from Arrick, who was able to escape. The dog attempted to turn on Walker, who continued to beat it. Walker forced the dog into its owner’s yard, where the dog was subdued. Arrick was taken to the hospital, where he required stitches to his head, back, and chest. He recovered. Walker, exhausted, was observed at the hospital, but he suffered no lasting ill effects.
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