May 01, 2011 Letter: Thanks for help with menacing dog

Rockford – I was at Searles Park this week walking my dog. A dog was running loose in the park and came charging at me and my dog. It was a pit bull.

I was pretty nervous, so I picked up a big branch and yelled at the dog to get away. Some young Hispanic man saw what was happening and stopped his vehicle and helped chase the dog away.

He chased it down the road so the dog would leave us alone. He got back in his vehicle and chased him out of the park down to the bike track. He was kind enough to come back and make sure I got back to my car and was OK.

I didn’t get his name but would like to thank him for taking the time to help me. It could have turned out a lot different if it wasn’t for him. God bless him.

— Pat Stroup, Rockford