A LORRY driver with a Sawbridgeworth transport company was presented with an award from the Royal Humane Society (RHS) after saving the life of an American tourist under attack from a pitbull.
The incident happened in Hackney, London, in February while Vince Rostron, 53, who works for Crown Services in The Maltings, was going about his everyday business.
He said: “At first I thought he was this drunk person dancing in the street, but then I realised he had this dog hanging off him.”
Passers-by were in a state of shock, but Vince did what “seemed to be the right thing” and restrained the dog before tying its lead to a piece of street furniture.
He met the victim, who needed surgery and suffered major scarring, 10 days later.
He was thanked with gifts of flowers, chocolates and Scotch. A fortnight later he received gifts of thanks from the victim’s parents in America.
Vince, from Buckinghamshire, was nominated for the RHS award by his employer, Crown Services, which also presented him with a special pen.
The RHS presentation, of a royal piece of parchment, took place in Harlow on Monday.
It said that Vince “at personal risk, courageously saved the life of a man who was being savagely attacked by a dog”.
Vince played down his act of bravery, but admitted it was “gratifying” that someone had thought of his actions in such high regard.