ORTING, Wash. — KIRO 7 obtained the 911 call from a UPS driver who was attacked by five pit bulls while making a delivery to a home near Orting on Sept. 13.
UPS driver Kevin Backlund called 911 saying he was trapped on a flatbed trailer surrounded by angry, barking pit bulls.
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Backlund: “I’ve been attacked by five pit bulls. I’m a UPS driver.”
He had already been mauled and was bleeding badly as he told operators he desperately needed help.
Dispatcher: “Do you need medical aid?”
Backlund: “Yes. They got a vein. I’m bleeding profusely.”
Dispatcher: “OK. I’m getting paramedics on the line with us. Hold on, OK?”
The 59-year-old Backlund was making a delivery to a home in the McMillan area when the dogs attacked him.
As the dogs continued to threaten Backlund, a 911 operator tried to get more information.
Dispatcher: “Are you back in your rig?”
Backlund: “No, I’m trapped on a trailer. I’m bleeding profusely out of my left leg. They got a vein!”
Dispatcher: “OK. Police are going to get going, but I want you to find a club, any kind of club.”
Backlund: I can’t get off here. They’ve surrounded me.”
As the dogs came closer, Backlund became more desperate, pleading for help.
Backlund: (Dogs barking) “I need help. I’m bleeding badly!”
Dispatcher: “Sir, keep yourself safe. We have police started and the fire department will be responding. If you can, wrap (your leg) up.”
Backlund: “I can’t hear you with the barking.”
Dispatcher: “If you can, wrap it and hold pressure on it. We’re starting help for you.”
Backlund: “I’m going to try. I’m going to try.”
Then, the call ended.
Dispatcher: “Caller? Hello?”
A crew from Orting Valley Fire and Rescue had to ram the gate on the property to get to Backland and pull him to safety.
Backlund needed 133 stitches.
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