WEST CHESTER (May 6) – Corporal Kurt Hansen of the Chester County Sheriff’s Office was honored with two awards last week at a ceremony during morning roll call at the Sheriff’s office for his professionalism and restraint when he was attacked by a dog while he was serving a civil process.

State Senator Andy Dinniman honored Cpl. Hansen with a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate, and Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh recognized Cpl. Hansen with a resolution from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

Pictured (from left to right): Chief Deputy George March, Patty Hansen, Cpl. Kurt Hansen, Sheriff Welsh and Senator Dinniman.

Pictured (from left to right): Chief Deputy George March, Patty Hansen, Cpl. Kurt Hansen, Sheriff Welsh and Senator Dinniman.

The details of the incident are as follows: In the afternoon of April 2, 2014, while engaged in his normal functions as a Deputy Sheriff, Cpl. Kurt Hansen was serving a civil paper to a home in the northern part of Chester County. He knew someone was home because he saw a child in the back yard. He blew his car horn and tried to get the attention of the residents, but there was no response.The child disappeared, and Cpl. Hansen got out of the car. As he approached the home a large white dog, a Great Pyrenees, appeared and charged him. Before he could retreat to a place of safety he was bitten on the left shoulder and taken to the ground. They engaged in a physical battle and the Corporal received two additional bites. Although Cpl. Hansen drew his weapon he did not fire on the dog.

Using his strength and power he overcame the attack and held the dog until the owners were able to control him. The corporal gathered the information, completed the service of his papers and drove himself to the hospital for treatment.

As a result of his actions Cpl. Hansen and the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has received many letters, emails and phone calls thanking him for his judgment, restraint and compassion. Sheriff Welsh said, “I am extremely proud of Cpl Hansen. Because of his training, good physical conditioning, and compassion he averted what could have been a tragedy for the dog and the family.”

Welsh emphasized that the danger for deputies and all law enforcement is the unknown. Whether serving civil process, a Protection from Abuse Order or a Warrant, there is always a risk.

“Cpl. Hansen is experienced, dedicated to his work, and committed to serve the citizens of Chester County with honor and distinction. This incident was a fine example of that commitment,” she added.

Dinniman praised Hansen for his judgment and restraint, while recognizing that the incident was an example of the potential serious and life-threatening dangers that law enforcement personnel face on a daily basis.

“Cpl. Hansen showed considerable restraint, discretion and professionalism in the encounter, as well as an understanding that the dog was a beloved family pet and that lethal force should only be used as a last resort,” Dinniman said. “His actions should serve as a model to fellow officers and reminder of the risks law enforcement officers take every day to keep our communities safe.”

 

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