15 year old JROTC Sgt. rescues child from dog mauling
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A seven-year old should never think about his or her life ending on a trip to the school bus stop at Hermanas Road. But for Eddy Chavez, that thought is cemented in his mind as a day he will never forget.
Eddy was attacked by two neighborhood dogs while scurrying to catch a school bus on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 5. “I was running from them and I fell over something,” Eddy recalled. “I couldn’t get up… they were on top of me.”
A Doberman Pinscher and a Rotweiller from the neighborhood were free from their yard and happened upon Eddy as he approached the bus stop.
“I saw these dogs attacking this boy, so I grabbed my keys and jumped out of my car,” said Ramos who is a Sgt. in the DHS JROTC Wildcat Battalion.
“I thought nobody was going to help me,” said Eddy, as the dogs continue their attack for what seemed like an eternity, according to the boy.
Ramos rushed form her vehicle and armed with only her keys, proceeded to punch at the dogs’ skulls with a key chain clutched in her palm and a key poking through her index and middle fingers.
“I just kept hitting, and hitting them, and they backed off long enough for me to tell him to run to my car,” Ramos said.
“What this girl did was save my son’s life,” said Gilbert Chavez, Eddy’s father. Gilbert is s single parent to two sons. Eddy’s older brother is Ray, 16.
“I think she did this because she is a sergeant and they look out for people all the time,” Eddy said of his new hero. “I think we will be friends for a long time.”
Ramos is in her second year of JROTC training at DHS and is also a member of the US Border Patrol Explorers.
Eddy Chavez and Gabriela Ramos