Heroic actions in dog attack earn Dagsboro officer Silver Star for Bravery

DAGSBORO – Back in early June, town of Dagsboro Police Patrolman Tyler A. Bare risked his own life in coming to the aid of an animal control officer under vicious attack by a dog.

At Monday night’s town council meeting, Ptl. Bare was honored with the American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery.

From left: Dagsboro Police Department Staff Sgt. Harry Litten, Chief Floyd Toomey, Patrolman Tyler Bare and Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull. Ptl. Bare was honored at Monday night’s council meeting with American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery in recognition of his response and unselfish actions in aiding an animal control officer under vicious dog attack in early June.

Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull and Police Chief Floyd Toomey, accompanied by Staff Sgt. Harry Litten made the award presentation before an audience that included many of Ptl. Bare’s family.

The award salutes Ptl. Bare for “unselfish line-of-duty heroism … at perilous risk to his own life in performing his duty.”

“I did what anybody else would have done; seeing something like that and hearing her scream,” said Ptl. Bare. “She was begging for me to shoot her through her leg to kill the dog. When she moved her leg, I was able to dispatch the dog correctly.”

Ptl. Bare was the first of what would be several officers to respond to the attack that occurred on June 6 on DuPont Boulevard. A Delaware animal control officer was under relentless attack by a pit bull terrier.

“There was a vicious dog that had gotten loose in a kennel down the road. It was violently attacking her to the point where she was near unconsciousness,” said Chief Toomey. “When Patrolman Bare arrived on the scene he tried to kick the dog and the dog; it didn’t have any response to that at all. He stepped between the dog and her and dispatched the dog, putting himself at risk of being mauled himself.”

The animal control officer sustained gashes, bites and wounds requiring 100 stitches, Ptl. Bare.

She was initially treated at the scene and transported to Beebe Healthcare where she was treated and released.

“She was ripped pretty well,” said Chief Toomey. “She was just very fortunate that the dog stayed in the lower extremities and did not move up her body.”

The American Police Hall of Fame National Awards Program has been in existence for more than 40 years. Its mission is to fill the void of recognition for worthy American law enforcement officers.

“I do appreciate it,” said Ptl. Bare, who joined the Dagsboro force in March of 2015. “I greatly appreciate this.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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