After a long hot day of work for York County’s road maintenance department, Tim Walling was beat.
He was driving home at about 6:30 p.m., turning on to India Hook Road, when he saw a pair of dogs attacking two people.
Walling, 46, did not do nothing, as all those other drivers did. He made an immediate U-turn, pulled his truck up on the sidewalk, and lunged out to help.
He had no stick or pole, no knife or gun. All he had to protect these two strangers was his body and his guts.
“The dogs were lunging at them, jumping at them,” Walling said. “They were at least pit bull mixes, if not full-breed pit bulls. The lady was hysterical. She was so scared she couldn’t move.”
Jorgensen already had a bite on his arm but was doing all he could to fight off the dogs.
Walling yelled at the dogs and waved his arms. He was able to push them toward and up a stairway, and he stayed between the stairs and the couple.
When the dogs bounded back down the stairs, Walling held his ground between the dogs and the couple.
Walling made sure that these people were helped by police, and he made sure that the animal control people knew where to find the dogs and their owner.
The dogs’ owner was cited by animal control, according to the police report from the incident.
Finally, Walling went home.God Bless Tim Walling. He fought a good fight with nothing but himself. Himself as it so happens was all that was needed. He had a great explanation for his actions:
“Sometimes you just know what the right thing to do is, and you do it,” he saidI was trying to think of some words of praise to honor his actions. I think the best line comes from the folks he helped:
“If there were more people like him in the world, it would be a much better place.” .High praise indeed. Well earned too.