Saskatoon Transit Operator Kim Trueman was driving the Number 30 bus on May 24 when she saw Lynn Brodin kneeling on the sidewalk yelling for help. She stopped her bus and helped Brodin and her two small dogs to safety after they’d been attacked by a pit bull.
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Lynn Brodin wonders how bad things would have been if the bus hadn’t stopped.The senior citizen was walking her two Bichon Frises in the Lawson Heights Suburban Centre on Friday evening around 6:15 p.m. when two large dogs that appeared to be a pit bull and a German shepherd rushed at her.Brodin scooped up Bella, her smaller dog, and clutched the animal to her chest. She said the pit bull jumped up at her, biting at Bella’s legs. Brodin said she screamed for help and smacked the dog away. She was knocked to her knees, still holding Bella.
Lynn Brodin was walking her small dogs on La Ronge Road on Friday night when they were attacked by two large dogs. She sits for a photograph with her dogs Benny, left, and Bella at their home in Saskatoon. A Saskatoon Transit operator intervened in the attack and drove Brodin and her dogs home.
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Then a Saskatoon Transit bus pulled up.Operator Kim Trueman had never spoken to Brodin before Friday, but she had seen her walking her dogs down La Ronge Road many times as she drove the Number 30 bus to Lawson Heights.“I knew there was something wrong with her the minute I saw her. You could see it in her face, in her eyes,” said Trueman, who has been driving city buses since 2010. “You could tell she was distressed, very distressed.”Trueman opened her window and asked if Brodin needed help. Brodin said she did, so Truman parked the bus and went to her.“That’s just the way I was brought up. I was brought up to help people no matter what the situation is,” Trueman said.As she approached Brodin, she saw someone herding the pit bull and shepherd into a backyard, Trueman said.Brodin appeared to be in shock and both her dogs were bleeding. Brodin wasn’t able to carry both animals at the same time so Trueman picked up her larger dog, Benny, and helped all three get on the bus.“I put them safely on the bus where I knew nothing else could happen to them, at least until we could get help,” Trueman said.“As far as working with Transit, we’ve always had safety in mind and I really don’t think it matters if it’s kids, if it’s adults, if it’s animals.”Trueman called emergency services and connected Brodin to the city’s animal control agency.Brodin said Trueman was a “lifesaver.”“I don’t know what I would have done if she wouldn’t have come along,” Brodin said.About six passengers were on the bus when Trueman brought Brodin, Bella and Benny on board. Trueman said all were understanding of the unexpected delay. She finished her route and then drove Brodin home.Mike Moellenbeck, operations manager with Saskatoon Transit, said Trueman’s actions are a perfect example of how the city’s safe bus program works.Under the initiative, anyone who needs help can flag down a bus or go to a parked bus. Transit operators will immediately contact emergency services through the transit radio system and give people a safe place to stay.“We do what we can do to help out because we are out there and we’re a safe place for people to approach and get help when they need help,” Moellenbeck said. “We’re also the eyes and ears in the community to help look for these kinds of things.”Once Trueman dropped Brodin off, Brodin immediately took her dogs to the vet. Bella needed stitches and was put on antibiotics and painkillers. Benny, who had a bite on his back, did not need treatment. Brodin’s knees were scraped and bruised, but she was otherwise fine.She said she asked the animal control agency to apprehend and euthanize the pit bull and was told the owner of the dog would be located and interviewed. Brodin said she’s frustrated more wasn’t done immediately and is now scared to walk Bella and Benny, knowing the pit bull that attacked them is still so close to her home.Trueman called Brodin the next day to see how she and the dogs were doing.They plan to meet for coffee firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/MsAndreaHill