Dayton officer braves dogs to save unconscious man

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– A Dayton officer was forced to brave four dogs in order to save a man suffering from a medical condition this week.

“I noticed that a male was lying in the backyard, and he had approximately four dogs surrounding him,” Officer Willie Hooper was the first to arrive at the home on the corner of Smithville Road and Colwick Drive.

He said someone called 911 Wednesday after spotting the man on the ground around 6:00 p.m.

Two more officers showed up, and Hooper said they decided to try distracting the dogs. Hooper made one attempt to grab the man, but was forced to run when the dogs charged at him.

“They, no doubt in my mind would have gotten bitten. It’s no doubt. Because again, they charged at me several times. So anyone else would’ve entered that yard, they would’ve gotten bitten.”

The officers regrouped, and Hooper went back into the yard. This time, he dragged the man through the gate so medics could get to him.

Hooper said the homeowner was suffering from some type of medical condition.

“It’s a good thing that the neighbors passed by and saw him laying in the yard. Because had it been at a later time of day or the night, he’d probably been laying there– it really would have turned out bad for him.”

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