FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 12, 2016
He was just driving down the street, but Kansas City resident David Lyman knew immediately something was wrong. He saw a city animal health and safety officer in trouble and his quick actions kept a bad situation from becoming worse.
Because of his heroism, Lyman was honored today with a plaque recognizing his willingness to risk his own safety in order to help a city worker in distress. John Wood, KCMO Director of Neighborhoods and Housing Services, made the presentation at the Animal Health and Public Safety Office on Prospect Avenue.
In May, Officer Elizabeth Meyer was responding to a call regarding a neglected dog near 5700 Park when the dog’s owner apparently threatened and began choking her. Lyman said he saw Meyer being attacked and jumped from his truck to help. KCPD quickly responded, but not before the dog owner took off in Lyman’s vehicle. Following a short chase through the neighborhood, police arrested the man and his mother, who is accused of assaulting Lyman while he was trying to aid Meyer.
“We feel very fortunate Mr. Lyman came by when he did and rushed in to help,” Wood said. “He is the perfect example of a model citizen and the city is grateful for his efforts.”
Meyer, who has been on the job for about a year, said Lyman is special person with a big heart.
“I am so grateful for Mr. Lyman and for what he did because citizens like him are few and far in between” she said. “He’s just an amazing man and without him doing what he did, I doubt I would still be here and able to do this job.”
For his part, Lyman said he simply did what any responsible person should do when they see someone in danger.
“We can’t ask our police to do everything for us,” Lyman said. “Sometimes we have to step up and take our neighborhood back.”
For more information, contact John Baccala, Communications/Community Liaison for Neighborhoods and Housing Services, at (816) 513-3202 or John.Baccala@kcmo.org.
Animal Health and Public Safety is a division of the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department. Our officers respond to approximately 18,000 calls each year, rescuing 4,400 animals from abuse and neglect.