Bare recognized for rescuing animal control officer

Date Published: 
Sept. 22, 2017

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Dagsboro Patrolman Tyler Bare, third from left, receives his American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery award. With Bare, from left, is Staff Sgt. Harry Litten, Chief Floyd Toomey and Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Dagsboro Patrolman Tyler Bare, third from left, receives his American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery award. With Bare, from left, is Staff Sgt. Harry Litten, Chief Floyd Toomey and Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull.Going into dangerous situations is not an unusual situation for Dagsboro Police Patrolman Tyler A. Bare.

After graduating from high school, Bare joined the United States Marine Corps, serving as an MP, and completing a tour in Afghanistan.

Now a patrolman with the Dagsboro Police Department, Bare continues to go into dangerous situations on the home front.

Such was the case on June 6, when SusCom put out a call for officers to aid a Delaware animal control officer who was being actively attacked by a Pitbull terrier. Bare was the first on the scene.

“The dog was violently attacking an animal control officer to the point of near unconsciousness when Patrolman Bare arrived on the scene,” said Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey on Sept. 18. “He tried to kick the dog and the dog didn’t have any response to that at all.

“He stepped between the dog and her and dispatched the dog, putting himself at risk of being mauled. The victim was later treated and released but she has extensive… 100 stitches. She was very fortunate that the dog stayed in her lower extremities and didn’t move up her body.”

“She was begging me to shoot her through her leg to kill the dog. Once she was able to move her leg I was able to dispatch the dog properly and apply first aid,” recalled Bare.

Bare’s heroic efforts were recognized Monday night, when Toomey and Staff Sgt. Harry Litten presented Bare with the American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for Bravery.

The award was “presented for unselfish line of duty heroism in which this law enforcement officer at perilous risk to his own life performed his duty in such a manner that it reflects courage, dedication, and initiative becoming to the professional law enforcement officer,” read Litten of the commendation.

“I do appreciate it. I did what anybody else would’ve done seeing something like that,” said Bare. “I greatly appreciate this.”