A police officer is being honored after wrestling a 140-pound dog off a preteen girl during a horrific attack.
According to WLS, 12-year-old Winter Morgan was walking to school in Michigan City, Ind., last month when she was attacked by a Bullmastiff.
Neighbors rushed to help.
“The dog wouldn’t let go no matter what I did, and I had to hit him with a bike to get him off her,” said neighbor Marissa Goodman. Goodman managed to get Winter into a neighbor’s house, but the dog followed them.
“I got her up and put her coat around her; the dog came in the house behind her and continued to bite her,” she said.
Finally, a police officer arrived.
“When I first saw it, I’ll be honest, it was a, uh, it was one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen. It was not something I was prepared, trained for,” said Michigan City police officer Scott Combs said.
He wrestled the dog off Winter and managed to trap him inside the house. Winter was airlifted to a hospital, where she spent a week recovering from her injuries. She has so far undergone five surgeries, and her recovery still isn’t complete.
Earlier this month, Combs was honored in a special ceremony. Winter was also in attendance. At the ceremony, Combs presented Winter with a brand new bike, courtesy of the Michigan City Police Department.
The dog was put down, and the county prosecutor is determining whether its owner will face criminal charges, according to WLS.