Good Samaritan honored for rescuing women from dog

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Updated: 4/01/2013 5:48 pm Published: 4/01/2013 4:57 pm

The City of Tulsa honored a Tulsa man for his quick thinking and courageous efforts after he saved two women from a pit bull attack.

Mike Harrell was working just one block away when he heard all of the commotion at a north Tulsa house and made a lifesaving decision.

Harrell says he’s not a hero, he just happened to be in the right place at the right time. On Monday afternoon, the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Police Department honored his efforts for saving the lives of two women from a horrific dog attack.

“The outcome was pretty much inevitable at that point and it was just making sure that they were safe and whatever it took to keep them safe,” said Harrell.

On Tuesday, March 19th, Harrell was at work when he heard a terrible scream. He was stunned to see a pit bull attacking two women in front of a house, “I grabbed my gun, stuck it behind my shirt and ran up to the fence.”

Harrell told FOX23 his first thought was to draw the dog’s attention away and get it to stop biting the women, “it didn’t work. I mean the dog would not come away at all and it just kept going.”

Harrell then eased himself into the yard and got the dog’s attention, “I slammed the gate real fast and the dog jumped up on the gate and then jumped down sideways, and when it did I just reached over and shot it right in the head.”

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan says Mike’s actions that day were outstanding, “I’m very glad he exercised his second amendment rights and carried his firearm legally and he took action and intervened when he needed to.”

Beverly Wright and Irene Parker had to be hospitalized for their injuries. Mike was later able to visit them.

“I walked off the elevator to a whole crew of their family coming up and shaking my hand… It was a lot better to see them like that than it was to remember them that day.”

Both women had numerous injuries and required extensive surgery.

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