A man in Fort Madison, Iowa has been hailed a hero after he died saving his daughter from a vicious dog attack. The dog belonged to a member of the family, and was being cared for by the homeowners where the attack took place.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a dog attack, and arrived at the home around 10:31 am. Robert Joseph Quick, 33, was on his back in the front yard, being mauled by a large dog. The dog was so aggressive that it would not release Quick, and authorities were forced to shoot the dog to stop the attack.
Even though Quick suffered injuries from the attack, he requested that responding officers administer first aid to his daughter first, who had initially been attacked by the dog. Quick was transported to the Fort Madison Community Hospital nearby, where he was pronounced dead.
The official cause of death has not been released at this time, but according to the GoFundMe that was set up for funeral costs, Quick suffered a heart attack on the scene.
“Mr. Quick had defended his daughter and undoubtedly saved her life by his actions,” The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
He is survived by his wife and their four children.