Mark S. Wood rescued John J. Gehringer from two attacking dogs, Redford, Michigan, March 18, 1987. Gehringer, 55, was attacked by two, 45-pound pit bull dogs that knocked him to the pavement and bit him repeatedly. Driving in the vicinity, Wood, 38, mechanic, saw the attack; he parked, obtained a club from a nearby business, and, shouting, approached the dogs. Both dogs turned on Wood, allowing Gehringer to regain his footing and escape into a nearby shop. Wood fended the dogs off with the club as they charged from different sides, but then he fell and lost the club. One of the dogs bit him on the leg. After a motorist struck one of the dogs with his car, Wood jumped onto the hood of the car and was driven to safety. The dogs were later captured and destroyed. Gehringer required three weeks’ hospitalization and surgery for severe, multiple wounds. Wood required hospital treatment for his wound, from which he recovered.
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