Last month when fifteen year old James Smith of Charles Drew High School in Riverdale started for the school bus that morning he never had any idea that he would become a hero.
However, he never thought twice about coming to the rescue of Jose Padilla and his small dog when they were attacked by a wild Pit Bull dog.
When asked why he took a risk at being injured himself, James said, “I honestly thought he would have died. I really did. I really did.”
James stated that many had asked him if he were scared and if he had received a reward. His answer to both was, “No.” Well today he is being recognized by Clayton County Police Department with a certificate of appreciation at his school. Riverdale is in Clayton County just southwest of Atlanta, Georgia.
While this could have been no further from his mind on that day when he rescued Mr. Padilla and his dog, Toby, it is certainly the duty of the community to commend and reward him. It is far too common to hear daily in the news where teens are in trouble, who are robbing and killing and it is high time, we as a community shows appreciation to young men and women like James Smith. Good guys don’t usually make the headlines. They should.
On October 29, 2010, Padilla said when the Pit Bull attacked his small dog, he tried to put it between his legs to protect it, the Pit Bull turned on him. And but for young James, his injuries, while significant and painful, could have been much worse. Mr. Padilla owes James a real debt of gratitude.
James took out his belt to put around the neck of the dog and once he got it restrained he said, “I got the dog down and held it down with my weight.”
The student said he is not a hero, but Padilla credits James with saving his life. We beg to differ with young James. YOU ARE A HERO.
For the original story check:
Take a look at this great young man to hear his account of what happened and also an interview with the victim Jose Padilla.
For video coverage check http://www.cbsatlanta.com/news/25843132/detail.html
PS: Douglas County tabled the proposed ordinance on cracking down more severely on Pit Bull dogs in that county this Monday night. There has been no indication if and when the ordinance will come up again. You may remember that a lady who was taking a walk was severely injured when Pit Bulls attacked her. She and Mr. Padilla are only two of the many recent attacks by this type of dog. A lady in Macon was dragged into the bushes and killed recently. A four day old infant in Fla. was also killed recently by a Pit Bull.
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Video with this article which shows the sheer strength and tenacity of these dogs: http://foamcage.com/faith-family-in-atlanta/another-vicious-attack-by-pit-bulls-as-80-year-old-goes-to-retrieve-her-mail-from-the-box