Keller man saves boy from pit bull attack

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Keller resident Larry Foster said “divine intervention” is what placed him in the path of a boy being mauled by pit bulls a few months ago.

During the May 21 City Council meeting, Foster was awarded the city’s second Civilian Lifesaving Award for an incident that occurred April 9 on Knox Road.

The city’s first Civilian Lifesaving Award was given to LA Fitness employees for a Jan. 11 incident when they did CPR on a man after he collapsed and became unresponsive while playing racquetball.

When Foster saw Austin Dye, 13, being attacked by two pit bulls about 4:20 p.m., he jumped out of his car and charged at the dogs in an attempt to scare them away.

“Fortunately, his actions stopped the life-threatening attack and the dogs retreated,” said Mark Hafner, director of public safety/police chief. “Fearing their return, Mr. Foster helped move the injured youth into his car and drove him home, calling 9-1-1.”

Hafner said once Austin was taken to the hospital, Foster worked with animal service officers and police to locate and apprehend the dogs.

“After two surgeries, the young victim has recovered from his injuries,” Hafner said. “Larry Foster exhibited incredible bravery that day, and his quick, decisive actions probably saved the life of that boy ... That day, Mr. Foster was a true hero.”

Foster said he was in the right place at the right time to help.

He said Austin was very brave and was actually more concerned about his brother being dropped off at the same school bus stop, which is close to the pit bulls home.

Foster considers the emergency personnel the true heroes.

“They say it takes a village, well I saw the village show up,” Foster said. “And it was the paramedics, the police department, the firemen and the animal control officers ... I want to thank our first responders. Divine blessings, these people do every day. It’s a normal course of events.”

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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