Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pottstown Heroism Recognized

Three complete strangers who came to aid of another complete stranger being attacked by dogs along Wilson Street in March were honored Tuesday night for their heroism.

It was just after 4 p.m. on March 15 when Kaitlyn Fadely of Royersford was visiting her boyfriend in the 600 block of Wilson Street and was "viciously attacked by three large dogs" inside the home.

She ran outside where Sarah Pecharo of Schwenksville was driving by and pulled over and distracted the dogs, whereupon they came after her.

Kurt Buchler of Foxtail Drive in North Coventry was at the YMCA on North Adams Street when he heard the commotion and ran over to help.

Buchler then tried to distract the dogs and ran a short distance to direct their attention to him and away from Pecharo.

He was successful, but they caught up to him and began to attack him.

That's when Franklin Street resident Nicole Jordan saw what was happening and drover her car toward the dogs, honking her horn, and scaring them off.

"Sarah, Nicole and Kurt came to the aid of a complete stranger, while risking their own lives" said Mayor Bonnie Heath, in reading the civilian Service Award commendations bestowed on all three. "Their actions are  both heroic and courageous."

As Heath read a description of the attack, Fadely, who was also present with them during the presentation, became visibly upset at the memory and was comforted by Pottstown Police Segeant Brian Rathgeb.

The three dogs have since been euthanized.

1 comment:

  1. God bless those folks for their heroism. However, this brings to light another quality of life issue in Pottstown. Some neighborhoods sound like a dog pound. Pottstown has good ordinances on animals and noise, but not the manpower to enforce them. I am working on a proposal for council that works like this, first determine the cost of a good animal control division. Then charge dog owners per year per animal to finance animal control. dog owners should be the ones to share this burdan, not the entire community. If the only thing animal control does is animals, then they can do follow up with inspections on licenses. If your dog doesn't have a license, first offense a fine, second offense, remove the dog. The owners must also show proof of liability insurance, either through homeowner's or renter's. Several years ago council tried to limit the number of dogs at one address. This was met with protest. So if you want the dogs, then you have to pay for the enforcement. By the way, I am a dog owner also.