Two Alliant Energy employees credited with helping elderly woman during Mason City dog attack

“The situation may have been a lot worse if Jeremy and Luke had not been there or intervened.”

Posted: May 9, 2018 12:48 PM
Updated: May 10, 2018 12:05 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – Two Mason City gas mechanics are being credited for helping an elderly woman who was attacked by a dog.
Jeremy Fitzgerald and Lucas Urbatsch were on their way to a job last Wednesday when they saw a dog running full speed through a neighborhood before charging toward an 83-year-old woman on a sidewalk, the company said.
According to the two men, the dog attacked the woman’s upper arm before latching on to her hand.
“After the dog attacked her, the owner came out and got the dog and went home. The owner never came back to check on the woman,” Urbatsch said.
The incident happened May 2 near 20th St and S. Taft, and according to Mason City police the dog has been impounded.
Alliant Energy said “ the two gas mechanics put their safety and medical training into action. Jeremy grabbed the first-aid kit from their truck, while Luke called 911. They used some gauze and bandages to try to stop the bleeding. Jeremy says her hand was losing a lot of blood.”
The two kept her company for 10 minutes until paramedics arrived. The Mason City Police Department says the woman is bruised and heavily bandaged.
Cpt. Mike McKelvey says, “The situation may have been a lot worse if Jeremy and Luke had not been there or intervened.”

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