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Firefighter killed by own dog only owned it for a week

Firefighter Dawn Brown had adopted the mastiff that fatally attacked her just a week ago

By EMS1 Staff

BIG ROCK, Ill. — Dawn Brown, the firefighter killed by her family dog, had only owned the dog for a week, police say.

Big Rock Fire Protection Firefighter Dawn Brown was found by her husband on Monday with bites to her neck from a mastiff the couple had adopted a week ago from a family member, according to the Daily Mail.

Officials say Firefighter Brown and her husband had adopted the canine after the family member said they did not want it anymore.

"It was an extremely muscular-looking dog with a large head," Kane County Sherriff's police Lt. Pat Gengler said. "It looked big and strong."

He added that the family members did not want to get rid of the dog because of aggressive behavior, but because they could not care for it anymore.

When Firefighter Brown's husband called 911, it was her fellow firefighters who responded.

"To pronounced one of your own dead is probably one of the hardest things we have to do," Big Rock Fire Cpt. Debra Raymond told the Chicago Tribune.

"She was one of those that, people when they call an ambulance it's probably one of the worst days of their life," Bristol Fire Department Chief Michael Kalyna said. "She had that ability to get that person to calm down, put things in perspective and by the time she was done with them Dawn ended up being that patient's friend."

It will likely be Firefighter Brown's husband's decision as to whether or not to terminate the mastiff.

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Justin Bathke Justin Bathke Friday, November 16, 2012 2:40:10 PM R.I.P. SIS
Michelle Glass Michelle Glass Friday, November 16, 2012 3:41:22 PM RIP sister, may you watch over us from heaven!
Connie Duffy Connie Duffy Friday, November 16, 2012 3:58:35 PM rip so sad.god bless her and her family.
Jill Brougher Sowers Jill Brougher Sowers Friday, November 16, 2012 4:01:48 PM Prayers for the family. RIP sister. So sorry for everyone involved.
Kitty McCombs Mohler Kitty McCombs Mohler Friday, November 16, 2012 4:20:07 PM That is so sad.
Patty Bretz Gilcrist Patty Bretz Gilcrist Friday, November 16, 2012 4:31:03 PM Prayers to the family. That is horrible.
David Arredondo David Arredondo Friday, November 16, 2012 4:56:37 PM Horrible tragedy. So sorry so sad. Prayer and blessings to the family.
Betty Sweeney Betty Sweeney Friday, November 16, 2012 5:15:18 PM prayers go out to the family and friends.
Cindy Boughman Cindy Boughman Friday, November 16, 2012 5:29:44 PM Oh my so sad prayers to the family
Jay Lo Jay Lo Friday, November 16, 2012 6:39:16 PM My sincerest condolences.
Jamie Connelly Jamie Connelly Friday, November 16, 2012 6:41:55 PM RIP sister. Thoughts n prayers 2 the family n the fire n ambulance company she n her husband r with.
Mickey de Rham Mickey de Rham Friday, November 16, 2012 8:47:49 PM There should be no question as to what to do with the dog. PTS immediately.
Rob Stables Rob Stables Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:08:36 AM As a dog addict that would be so tough - and to have the animal turn on her and end her life is just well sad. my heart goes out to the husband stay strong my friend you will see her on the othere side.
Denise Westbrook Brooks Denise Westbrook Brooks Monday, November 19, 2012 4:47:08 PM prayers are with the family and the medical/ER family too.
James Jetzke James Jetzke Tuesday, November 20, 2012 1:50:32 PM R.I.P
Diana Sprain Diana Sprain Monday, November 26, 2012 9:27:46 AM RIP - my heart goes out to the family, friends, and co-workers.

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