Monte R. Henson rescued Adam D. Wilkins from attacking dogs, Mt. Zion, Illinois, January 28, 1998. Adam, 6, was walking home from his school bus stop, followed by two adult, male rottweilers. Without provocation, the dogs began to attack him, taking him to the ground and biting him. Henson, 56, concrete finisher, had just then pulled into his nearby driveway and saw the attack. He immediately ran to Adam and, fighting the dogs for him, picked the boy up and cradled him against his body. Henson then backed up toward his house, which was 60 feet away, the dogs following, continuing their attack. At his house, Henson stepped inside to safety. The dogs left the scene but were shortly captured and later destroyed. Adam was taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery for a severe bite wound to a thigh. He sustained also scrapes and contusions. Henson also required hospital treatment, for puncture wounds to both hands. He and Adam both recovered.
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