Skippack woman among those honored for helping dog attack victim

POTTSTOWN — Three complete strangers who came to the aid of another complete stranger being attacked by dogs along Wilson Street in March were recently honored for their heroism.

It was just after 4 p.m. on March 15 when Kaitlyn Fadely of Royersford, who was visiting her boyfriend in the 600 block of Wilson Street, was “viciously attacked by three large dogs” inside the home.

She ran outside where Sarah Pecharo of Schwenksville was driving by and pulled over and distracted the dogs, whereupon they came after her.

Kurt Buchler of Foxtail Drive in North Coventry was at the YMCA on North Adams Street when he heard the commotion and ran over to help.

Buchler then tried to distract the dogs and ran a short distance to direct their attention to him and away from Pecharo.

He was successful, but they caught up to him and began to attack him.

That’s when Franklin Street resident Nicole Jordan saw what was happening and drover her car toward the dogs, honking her horn, and scaring them off.

“Sarah, Nicole and Kurt came to the aid of a complete stranger, while risking their own lives” said Mayor Bonnie Heath, in reading the civilian Service Award commendations bestowed on all three. “Their actions are both heroic and courageous.”

As Heath read a description of the attack, Fadely, who was also present with them during the presentation, became visibly upset at the memory and was comforted by Pottstown Police Segeant Brian Rathgeb.

The three dogs have since been euthanized.

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This article first appeared as a blog post in The Digital Notebook

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