From a janitor to a hero

first_imgBrown, a 10-year employee, usually works nights at Endeavour Middle School but was filling in on the day shift at Linda Verde when the dog attacked the boy before school started at about 7:45 a.m. “The dog was running around on the playground and the kids were chasing it. Someone radioed the custodian to come,” Gocke said. “By the time he got there, the chasing got the dog excited. One kid climbed a fence, the dog jumped on him, and the custodian got the dog off of him.” Brown said he was in the cafeteria while breakfast was being served when he got the radio call. “I got the call about a dog on campus and thought it was a run-of-mill mutt walking on campus,” Brown said. “At first I thought it was an average dog. Then I saw it was a pit bull and then the whole scope of the thing changed.” “I really had no fear,” Brown said. “It was just fear was out, just get the dog off the boy. The dog probably thought he was licked. The whole ordeal lasted probably 30 seconds.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Brown held the dog by the collar and tied him to a fence pole and by that time sheriff’s deputies and paramedics arrived. The dog was taken away by county animal-control officers. The boy was taken to a hospital emergency room where he was treated for lacerations, Superintendent Steve Gocke said. The board honored Brown at Tuesday’s meeting and gave him a standing ovation. Principal Tara Brown commended Brown for “bravery and quick thinking” in saving the boy from what could have been life-threatening injuries. “It was an honor. I appreciated that. It was very nice of them to do that. I didn’t expect that,” Brown said. LANCASTER – A Lancaster School District custodian is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a fourth-grade boy from a dog attack on the Linda Verde School playground. The pit bull mix got on the school grounds before classes started June 9 and chased one boy up a chain-link fence, then pulled him down, biting his arms and legs. When custodian Russell Brown arrived, he kicked and punched the dog until it let the boy go. “The boy was just screaming to get him off,” said Brown, 42. “When I figured out the dog wouldn’t attack me, I attacked the dog. I kicked and punched him as much as I could. I kicked the dog all over and punched him as much as I could until he let go. When the dog stopped biting the boy, that was the end of it. It was like a light switch had turned off.” last_img read more