By Donna Westfall
On Sunday, July 19th around noon, Dave Egan of the infamous “Blackhawk Pistol” saga, had to make a choice. He knew he should call 911 after he and his dog were being threatened by two vicious dogs that were running loose on Cooper Avenue here in town.
However, Egan, says he was reluctant because he suffered at the hands of certain sheriff’s offices who had falsely accused him of being a felon and career criminal, but finally decided to make the call.
To his surprise, he was met with kind and professional conduct of Sheriff Deputy Henderson who responded to the call. Said, Egan, “He even apologized for taking too long, although it didn’t really take that long. And he was professional, respectful, and sympathetic about the incident with the dogs.”
Since 2011, just as a reminder, Dave continues to suffers PTSD from being beaten, hog-tied, handcuffed and thrown in jail on fabricated charges. This was understandably a milestone for Dave to make the call to 911 and then report that he was treated like a human being, a real citizen.
Dave attributes this positive shift in conduct to the recent changes made by Sheriff Erik Apperson’s efforts at improving public relations with the folks of our community.