Two Hackensack police officers are being commended for saving a woman and child from a dog attack Wednesday morning.
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Officers Ryan Conlon and Denisse Caero responded to a house on Hudson Street around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a woman screaming for help, Capt. Michael Antista told NorthJersey.com. At the scene, they observed the woman, a 40-year-old Hackensack resident, with serious injuries who was attempting to control a dog while also holding a young child.
Conlon and Caero immediately took the child away from the scene and treated the woman, potentially saving her life, Antista said. The dog, which had also injured two other dogs in the incident, was separated into another room until Bergen County Animal Control arrived.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The Hackensack Police Emergency Services Unit helped officials from the Bergen County Animal Shelter in safely removing the dogs from the home and putting them in the custody of Animal Control.
The department praised Conlon and Caero on Facebook for their “remarkable courage” and collaboration with other emergency responders, leading to a successful rescue.
“Their quick response to screams for help on Hudson Street showcased true heroism,” the post read.
The Hackensack Fire Department, along with the health and building departments, also responded to the scene, Antista said.