they are here to save lives - life guards.
but coming up, the story of one madison life guard
who struggled to save his own life.
FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A MONTH LIFEGUARDS AT A MADISON
BEACH HAVE HAD A VIOLENT CONFRONTATION WITH A MAN
AND HIS DOG.
THIS LATEST INCIDENT LANDED A LIFE GUARD IN A HOSPITAL
WITH INJURIES SUSTAINED FROM BEING PUNCHED AND KICKED.
-- MICHELLE --
AND THOUGH THE LIFEGUARD WAS HURT, HE MAY HAVE PREVENTED
MORE SERIOUS INJURIES TO A BABY.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER HAS DETAILS WITH WHAT
ERIC AND MICHELLE - THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST THINGS
YOU WOULD EXPECT TO HAPPEN ON A MADISON BEACH.
PEOPLE GO THERE TO RELAX - AND ENJOY THE WATER.
THE LAST THING YOU WOULD EXPECT IS TO HAVE SOMEONE
THREATED TO KILL YOU - AND THEN TRY.
well i work here as a life guard.
TODAY IT IS QUIET
it is just a family place with a lot of good memories.
AND SOME NOT SO GOOD.
TOM HAS BEEN A LIFE GUARD AT MADISON BEACHES FOR 20
HE ASKED US NOT TO USE HIS LAST NAME - NOT ONLY BECAUSE
HE IS A VICTIM OF A CRIME - HE FEARS FOR HIS LIFE.
AND HERE'S WHY.
yeah, i definitely thought he was going to try to
THIS ALL HAPPENED LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON WHEN A MAN
AND HIS DOG SHOWED UP.
THE GERMAN SHEPHARD MIX WAS OFF ITS LEASH AND BECAME
AGRESSIVE TOWARD A SMALL CHILD.
i intervened, told the man, at that point the dog
was attracted to me and the owner and dog both approached
me and violently.
TOM USED MACE TO STOP THE DOG - IT DIDN'T EVEN SLOW
DOWN THE MAN.
and knocked me to the ground and started kicking me
with his boots and hitting me with his fist and saying
he was going to kill me.
PHOTOS FROM THAT DAY ARE A REMINDER OF THE BRUISES
FROM THE ATTACK.
FORTUNATELY ANOTHER LIFE GUARD WAS ABLE TO PULL THE
MAN OFF OF TOM.
THAT MAN AND HIS DOG THEN ESCAPED BEFORE POLICE COULD
WHAT TOM CAN'T ESCAPE IS HOW THIS COULD HAVE ENDED.
it was basically fighting for your life.
that's what was going through my mind.
TOM'S DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT IS A WHITE MALE IN
HIS LATE 20 OR EARLY 30'S.
ABOUT 5 FEET 11, 160 POUNDS WITH SCRAGGLY HAIR AND
THE DOG IS A BROWN GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX.
AFTER 20 YEARS OF SAVING LIVES - THE LIVE HE HAD TO
SAVE THIS TIME - WAS HIS OWN.
it was like a bad dream.
i wouild have never expected something like that to
THE ATTACK SENT TOM TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS TREATED
ANOTHER LIFE GUARD ALSO RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN
THIS IS ACTUALLY THE SECOND TIME THIS INDIVIDUAL AND
HIS DOG CAUSED PROBLEMS HERE.
ABOUT A MONTH AGO THE DOG BECAME AGRESSIVE TOWARD
TWO SMALL CHILDREN.
ERIC AND MICHELLE- IN THAT INSTANCE THE MAN LEFT WITH
THE DOG WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.
-- MICHELLE --