Two MLGW workers were honored with the Hero's Award after they went above and beyond the call of duty last month as they helped a man who was being attacked by his PIT BULL.
Nearly a month after the attack, Gerald Applewhite is still recovering. The incident happened on July 29 when he brought his six-year-old pit bull, Blue, outside to treat him for ticks. Moments later, Applewhite says the dog turned on him and bit him several times.
“I grabbed him and we were right there in the yard rustling, and I rolled over and I got on top of him,” Applewhite said while describing the attack. “I had him in a headlock and he got out of that.”
The bite marks on Applewhite's hands and arms tell the story. As the attack was happening, vehicles were passing by. But Applewhite said nobody was stopping, until MLGW stepped in.
“Memphis Light Gas & Water were passing down the street,” Applewhite said. “They saw it and they saw blood all over.”
Mark Love and Greg Willey were in that MLGW truck. They immediately stopped, called 911 and jumped out to help as the fight continued.
“I had him and he got loose he got loose from me off the ground,” Applewhite said.
Both Willey and Love sprayed the dog with mace, but that didn't stop Blue.
“I asked them if they have a pipe or something,” Applewhite said. “They gave me a break bar pipe. I took it and hit him on the head with it and he let me go.”
After a hospital visit, 17 stitches and a moment to reflect, the man who was helped by two courageous MLGW workers had only one thing to say.
“Those guys, they were a big help to me. I don't know what I would do. It was like God sent me two angels Mark Love and Greg Willey, and I appreciate their help.”