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Firefighter Rams Gate To Save Pitbull Attack Victim
Kevin R. Backlund has retained attorney Chris Davis of Davis Law Group, to investigate and pursue possible legal claims related to the serious injuries he received on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 when he was viciously attacked by four pit bull dogs while performing his duties as a UPS delivery driver.
As reported by numerous media outlets, Backlund was delivering packages to a home on the 15500 block of 116th Street East in Puyallup, Washington when four pit bulls attacked him.
Pierce county 911 received a call from Backland during the attack as he tried to fight off the dogs and reach safety. When an unidentified person at the property refused to open the gate, Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Goodwin rescued Backland by ramming a fence on the property with a fire department vehicle.
The four dogs were taken to Tacoma Humane Society for a mandatory 10-day quarantine during the animal control investigation. At this time the history of the dogs is unknown.
Investigators later found Backlund’s boots and belt at the scene. He had used the belt to fight off the pack of dogs. His boots were pulled off by the dogs during the attack.
Kevin Backlund was the victim of this horrible incident. He believes that his martial arts practice; police academy and EMT training; and past experience as a Nevada Highway Patrol officer helped him fight off the dogs. He credits the fire rescue team with saving his life.
He suffered serious injuries during the attack and was taken to a local area hospital for emergency medical care. He already undergone one surgery and more may be necessary in the weeks and months ahead.
The actions and conduct of the owner(s) of the pit bulls is currently under investigation. The initial investigation indicates that there are several painting, concrete, asphalt and other construction-related Washington state businesses registered in Washington State that list using the attack-site address as their place of business.
CALL FOR WITNESSES: Investigators working for Davis Law Group are also looking into the circumstances of the attack and the history of the dogs. Attorney Chris Davis is asking that any persons who saw this incident; who may have come upon the scene after the attack; took photos/video; anyone who may have tried to offer assistance at the scene or who has had past encounters with the dogs to please call Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000.
Case Number: 201788