Our hearts were lifted reading of the courage of two young Davis County adults in helping a Layton woman who was attacked by two unleashed pit bull dogs. Joel Haro, 23, of Clearfield, and Darlene Moroncini, 22, of Layton, were traveling to their jobs at the Freeport Center on Monday when the pair saw Cherie Bloom, of Layton, calling for help. Bloom was under attack from the pit bulls, who bit her multiple times. She had been walking her boxer dog, Chauncey, when the other dogs attacked. Chauncey, also injured, had been released from the leash by Bloom, to help the dog escape. However, Chauncey stayed to help Bloom fight the attackers.
Hearing Bloom's screams and pleas for help, Haro and Moroncini, exited their car, and physically helped Bloom and Chauncey. At almost the same time, police showed up -- someone had called 911 -- and the male pit bull was restrained by an officer. The other pit bull, a female, was captured later.
Helping one another, looking out for one's neighbor, is a fundamental rule of civilized life. Haro and Moroncini rushed to the aid of a stranger. Their example is one we should emulate in our own lives, helping others, by either calling authorities for assistance, or in rare occasions, risking physical safety to assist another. Haro and Moroncini's courage is a positive lesson for our children and grandchildren.
Cherie Bloom and Chauncey are healing. The aftermath has been positive. The owners of the pit bulls met with Bloom, took responsibility, and apologized. The two dogs were euthanized. What Bloom suffered is a fear that all of us who walks their dogs understand -- that other dogs unleashed and outside the home -- due to their owners' neglect -- will attack.