Good Samaritans honored for stepping in to fend off dogs that attacked victims in Montgomery County
DERWOOD, Md. - Would you intervene if you saw someone being attacked by a dog? Two Maryland men did and they have been honored for their bravery and courage.
On Friday, Lucas Burger and Jorge Quantanilla were given the Chief's Certificate of Appreciation by Montgomery County police.
"We know how awful it would have been if they had not stepped up," said Sandra Dembski.
In two separate scares, these men stepped in and each saved a life, fighting off pit bulls attacking innocent bystanders, which includes Dembski's husband.
"I saw my husband on the ground with two pit bulls trying to tear him apart and then Lucas coming with a broom beating them off," she described.
Not only was Dembski's husband attacked, but her dog was attacked as well. Now, she wants stricter rules and regulations on pit bull ownership in Montgomery County.
"I don't know how these dogs were treated, but I know they almost killed my husband," she said.
"I knew I could be injured, but at the time, he was defenseless on the ground being mauled from both angles from two pit bulls that were very, very vicious," said Burger.
While many are calling Burger a hero, he is staying humble about it.
"I don't consider myself a hero. I just consider myself doing the right thing," he said.
Dembski's husband was in the front yard with their dog when the pit bulls ambushed him. It happened back in May and he is still recovering from his injuries.
Adiel Salazar was also attacked by pit bulls, but Quantanilla came to his rescue.
"I was like, 'What am I doing?' in my head when I saw the two dogs," Quantanilla said. "I'm like, 'You know what? I got to do something.' And I asked the Lord for help."
Burger and Quantanilla were both on the job when they intervened and successfully thwarted these potentially deadly dog attacks.