5/2/2012 9:22:00 AM School, fire officials honor boys for life saving actions
Back row from left, CVFD Battalion Chief Matt Mayhall, Chief John Ginn, Rob Zazueta, Terry Jacobson, Shan Dobson, Jack Ingrao, and Toby McMaines pose with front row from left, Jayden Smith, and Levi and Mathew Mulkey following the TES assembly honoring the three brothers.
Terry Jacobson, left, demonstrates how to dial 911 with the help of Toby McMaines during an assembly at TES.
The Chino Valley Fire District and Territorial Elementary School honored brothers Jayden Smith and Matthew Mulkey during an assembly on campus this past week for the role the two played in saving the life of their younger brother this past February.
A neighbor's dog attacked Levi, 4, outside of the family home, resulting in critical injuries to Levi and lesser injuries to Matthew. Doctors and CVFD personnel cited the quick action by Jayden and Matthew as the reason Levi survived the attack.
"He's doing very well," said mom Tiffaney about Levi's recovery. She stated that Levi had become withdrawn following the attack, but is gradually returning to his old self.
"He still has two more surgeries, but he's getting his personality back. He's back at school, he's not afraid of dogs, he's adjusting really well. He even just got his own new puppy, Star, that he's taking very good care of," she said.
Levi went by helicopter to a Phoenix area hospital following the attack, and an ambulance took Matthew to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott, where medical personnel treated and released him.
Deputies arrested the attacking dogs' owner, Katrina Vidaurre, and charged her with multiple felonies, including aggravated assault and child abuse.
Vidaurre remains at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.
Tiffaney said young Levi is scheduled to take the stand during a mid-August trial.
So how does it feel to be called a hero?
"It's a little embarrassing, but it's kind of cool and exciting," said Jayden.
In addition to the award presentation, Terry Jacobson of the CVFD delivered a short presentation to the students assembled in the TES auditorium on safety and 911 call procedures. Also in attendance from the CVFD were Chief John Ginn, Capt. Jack Ingrao, Capt. Shawn Dobson, Battalion Chief Matt Mayhall, Public Information Officer Rob Zazueta, and the newest member of the CVFD, firefighter Toby McMaines.
A crew from a Phoenix area television station was present to film the event.