Pyeongtaek Mayor Jung Jang-seon presents a plaque of appreciation to Army Spc. Jonathan Roman Rios in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Thursday, March 28, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
Pyeongtaek Mayor Jung Jang-seon presents a plaque of appreciation to Army Spc. Jonathan Roman Rios in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Thursday, March 28, 2019. MATT KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

South Korea-based soldier honored for saving local girl from dog attack

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — A soldier with the 2nd Infantry Division was recognized Thursday by the city of Pyeongtaek for diverting an aggressive dog away from a Korean girl and taking the brunt of the canine’s attack.

Spc. Jonathan Roman Rios received preventative rabies treatment after the Feb. 12 incident at Master Sgt. Henry L. Jenkins Patient Centered Medical Home on Camp Humphreys.

The dog — described by Roman as a white, medium-sized husky — fixated on a Korean woman and a young girl on the street outside the camp pedestrian gate, he said.

Roman, a native of Puerto Rico assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, had just gotten off duty for the day and was headed to a barbecue with friends when he noticed the dog barking at the woman and girl.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.574194

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