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Post by docrwm on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 5:04 pm

that my son saved his sister from a Pitbull attack Christmas day 2008. He was honored by the local Court that heard the case with a Proclimation and award ceremony in May 2009. We were very touched that ALL the judges in our County Courthouse attended, the Sheriff's office did the Honor Guard, there were many people from local Scouting in attendance, etc. The best part is, of course, that my daughter was only mildly injuried. The judge who heard the case said he had done dozens of pitbull attack cases in the 20 years on the bench and that we were the first where an adult animal had fully latched on and released short of MAJOR force being applied - we were incredibly lucky.

Well, nearly 2 years later, the Boy Scouts finally got around to awarding my son the Heroism Medal. It had to be approved at the District level (took 2 weeks) the Council level (took 4 months) and at BSA National (which apparently took over a year). We are, again, very proud of my son and thankful for my daughter's continued health.



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Post by porschefan on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 5:15 pm

Good on him, Robert. Very cool that he was recognized by your community.
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Post by docrwm on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 6:20 pm

porschefan wrote:Good on him, Robert. Very cool that he was recognized by your community.

Thanks. It was a fun day for the family. We're very proud of him, and of his sister.

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Post by bodypeersur on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 6:38 pm

Congratz to your son Robert! I'm so happy that your daughter avoided being seriously injured because of her brother's love! Be proud Dad!
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Post by andrema on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 6:54 pm

Very brave! Those things freak me out!!
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Post by sixtysix on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 6:59 pm

Wow very cool award....Congrats to your son!!
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Post by porschefan on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 7:05 pm

andrema wrote:Very brave! Those things freak me out!!

It's the way they're raised, and controlled. My friends (my age, even) have had pits all of the time I've known them (18+ years), and their dogs have always been the friendliest, sweetest temperments. I've seen worse from "mellow" breeds, ie, Labs. It comes down to the owner. My whole life, I was raised with German Shepards, Dobermans, and Rottweillers, with no problems.
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Post by bodypeersur on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 7:14 pm

I agree Tim. I have two pitbulls that are absolute babies. My ex-brother-in-law had a pitbull that would have laid his life down for the kids in our family. Unfortunately, the breed has a bad rap because of irresponsible owners. I can understand why people fear them. I'm leary when around someone elses pit.
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Post by porschefan on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 7:16 pm

Oh well, rabbits that aren't fried or broiled scare the living piss outta me, so...
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Post by docrwm on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 7:33 pm

I grew up with German Shephards and assorted other dogs, never a worry. We never had a worry or thought much of it until it attacked her. She was playing in the back yard with her new dolls in the little play house when it came under the fence, chased her down, tackled her, and latched onto her upper arm. I will say that the owners are irresponsible and ...well, enough said.

Thanks for all the kind words.

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Post by porschefan on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 7:44 pm

Cool medal, too. Didn't see it earlier. Getting old.
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Post by docrwm on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 8:17 pm

porschefan wrote:Cool medal, too. Didn't see it earlier. Getting old.

I did the artsy thing with the camera. Here's a clearer picture.


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Post by porschefan on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 8:28 pm

That'll attract the girls. Thumbs Up They love a certified hero.
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Post by docrwm on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 8:55 pm

porschefan wrote:That'll attract the girls. Thumbs Up They love a certified hero.

Don't get me started on that. He's just turning 10 and already its started. Doesn't hurt that he's our little Norwegian surprise (blond, blue eyes, big smile, pale skin, etc.) and a good soccer player. He's already got an older woman marking him off limits - a 5th grade girl keeps talking to him at sports events and making a point of calling out to him when she's with her friends.

Add this medal to it all and...... Rolling Eyes

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Post by bodypeersur on Wed 17 Nov 2010, 10:25 pm

A 10 year old BABE MAGNET!!!! cheers
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Post by docrwm on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 7:51 am

bodypeersur wrote:A 10 year old BABE MAGNET!!!! cheers

Yup. Just got his first handheld game for his birthday too. Life is good. Thumbs Up

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Post by barnbuilder on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 3:04 pm

brave son you have! great and deserved honor for a hero.
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Post by Northwestguy on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 4:52 pm

Congrats to your son and to you and your wife and, the best part is that your daughter is safe and well.
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Post by docrwm on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 5:30 pm

Thanks guys. I know this thread is a bit of a self-indulgence but I'm very proud of the little guy and so fortunate that my daughter got off with only a couple wounds. I appreciate the kind words and the tolerance of my non-watch posting.

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Post by porschefan on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 5:36 pm

Well, it is your site, and all. Wink

Talking about your kids is not self-indulgent, talking about yourself, is... ya know what I mean? Evil or Very Mad
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Post by docrwm on Thu 18 Nov 2010, 8:37 pm

porschefan wrote:Well, it is your site, and all. Wink

Talking about your kids is not self-indulgent, talking about yourself, is... ya know what I mean? Evil or Very Mad

There is no I in team. But seriously, I appreciate it and felt more comfortable sharing here than at work. Group Hug

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