Boy Scout Saves Mother from Pit Bull
Orem, UT - Collin Jensen, 16, received the Boy Scouts of America Lifesaving Honor Medal Wednesday for saving his mother from an attacking pit bull. The attack occurred in July 2007 when the Jensen family was caring for their neighbor's schnauzer. Collin was with the dog, which was leashed on the front porch, when two dogs ran up the street toward the home.
One of the dogs ran away, but the pit bull approached the schnauzer. Collin said he tried to pet the pit bull to calm it down, but the dog attacked the schnauzer anyway. Collin's mother, Andrea Jensen, said she heard her son scream and she ran outside. What happened next was a sort of tug-of-war between Andrea and the pit bull, with the small schnauzer acting as a rope.
As Andrea tried to pry the smaller dog from the pit bull, the animal continued to bite her and the dog, while Collin kicked and punched at the pit bull's head. The pair managed to wrestle the schnauzer into the home, but only after slamming the pit bull's head in the front door several times after it tried to follow them. It was only then that Collin realized how badly his mother was hurt.
The schnauzer was taken to a pet hospital, and Andrea went to the emergency room for x-rays. Although no broken bones were revealed, Andrea said her left hand still hurts when gripping anything. The schnauzer survived, but the skin on its belly had been ripped from the muscle and the pit bull had bitten through a leg.
Few people in the nation receive the Lifesaving Honor Medal each year, said Delyle Johnson, the district vice chairman of programs in Collin's Boy Scout district. The medal is approved by the national Boy Scout office after considering paperwork and the stories submitted.