Unlikely heroes save woman from pit bull attack

March 7th, 2011 by Staff

COLLIER COUNTY: A woman is recovering from a pit bull attack that could have been much worse. Thanks to our areas unsung heroes, she and her dog are both alive.

Every Thursday, Waste Management’s Emilio Medal services the streets of Marco Island.

But Thursday morning was a little different; one of his customers needed his help.

“The lady when she see me she opened her arms bleeding all over and said please save me, please,” said Medal.

The elderly woman had been walking her small dog along Scott Drive when a pit bull attacked.

“Attacked the old lady everywhere – she had big bites everywhere,” Medal said.

Medal, his crew and an onsite pool contractor worked together to pull the dog off the woman and secure it to a tree before calling police.

You can still see the blood from the victim on a neighbor’s driveway. That neighbor, Werner Baroni, helped the men bandage her arms before EMS could arrive.

“Probably saved her life, not me, I was just doing what I could do,” Baroni said.

“They jump into a situation to save a life and i’m very proud,” said Waste Management route manager Juan Marante.

Medal and his crew’s heroics caught the attention of their boss, and the timing couldn’t have been better.

They recently finished a Waste Watch certification that has drivers on their routes act as an extra set of eyes and ears for police.

“We’re not just here to pick up trash, we’re here to provide a safe community,” Marante said.

And tonight one community is a little safer thanks to the quick response of some unlikely heroes.

“I’m proud for doing something like that,” Medal said.

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