I would like to publicly thank Bruce Schirmers for assisting me last week when I was viciously attacked by a German shepherd on Lakeview Street in Sterling while I was delivering Census 2000 questionnaires. The dog was tied on a long leash and seemed friendly enough to cause me no fear. However, when I turned to leave, he attacked me continuously until I was out of his reach, blocking me from entering my car.
Mr. Schirmers was doing business on Lakeview and was more than willing to assist me when I asked for help. Not only did he attend to my bleeding hand, he helped to divert the dog's attention so I could get to my car and followed me back into town to make sure I was okay.
Mr. Schirmers, it is folks like you who make Alaska special to me. As traumatized as I was, I would not have been able to handle the situation without your help. You showed me compassion and caring that's difficult to find these days. You were definitely my hero of the day.
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