Six-year-old Mason Lindeman is going to be OK thanks to a heroic neighbor who saved him from a viscous pit pull attack over the weekend.
Mason was playing with two neighbor children outside his home in Texas on Sunday, when an unleashed pit bull ran over and immediately began attacking him, according to WNDU-TV.
Grant Brown, 19, was a few houses down when he heard Mason’s screams and immediately jumped into action.
“I didn’t know how,” Brown recalled during an interview with KPRC-TV, “but I knew I had to get the dog off of the boy.”
The good Samaritan then decided to charge at the pit bull, hoping to distract the canine long enough to get it to leave Mason alone. As soon as the dog released the 6-year-old, he ran inside to his mom, Jillian Lindeman.
“All I see is my son running up to me, and he’s got his hand on his head and there’s blood coming down and everything,” she told WNDU-TV.
Mason was then rushed to the hospital, where he received several staples because the dog bit him on the back of his head. He also sustained bruises to his head.
What happened to Grant?
Brown, after distracting the pit bull, began running toward his house. But just a few feet away from where the horrific attack took place, he tripped.
“I looked back, and my shoes came off. I tripped and fell,” he said. “The dog was on top of me before I knew it, and I knew I had to keep its mouth away from me.”
Brown struggled with the dog for a few seconds before he was able to stand back up and run to safety. He sustained a cut on his hand.
As for Mason’s mom, she said she is thankful for Brown’s selfless act.
“I just want to give the guy a hug,” she said. “There’s nothing I can do but just say, ‘Thank you.’”