A postal customer in Berea, KY, has dubbed Rural Carrier Steven Deaton “my angel” for coming to her aid during a dog attack that left her seriously injured.
Deaton was delivering mail on a July day when he saw that the woman was in trouble. Two of her large outdoor dogs had gone after her small indoor dog while she was walking it — then turned on her when she tried to protect it.
Deaton rushed to the scene and safely repelled the large dogs, then carried the customer to her front porch with the help of another passerby.
While 911 was called, Deaton comforted the woman. He stayed with her until emergency responders arrived.
The customer, who sustained multiple bites and broken bones, was ultimately taken to a university medical center out of town for surgery on her crushed pelvis.
She is recovering.
Her small dog did not survive.