85-Year-Old Woman Saves Husband
Dorothea Taylor fights moose
The story of a 85-year old woman saving her husband from a moose attack last Friday, in Willow, is being described by an act of courage and instinct.
82-year old, George Murphy, and his wife, Dorothea Taylor, were taking their two dogs for a morning walk around the Willow Airport, in 30 below weather, on Friday morning.
Taylor was back in their truck, waiting for her husband to round up their golden retrievers when Murphy saw the moose.
“The dog starting making this terrible ruckus, and I jumped out of the truck to see this moose was right here, and the moose is striking and I thought he was kicking at Feller, our old dog, and of course he was kicking over Feller pounding George,” said Taylor.
Murphy says he started running but couldn’t make it back to the truck. He dove into a four-foot snow-bank, thinking the animal would give up and leave him alone.
The moose persisted – stomping him over and over.
“Jeeze, this is unbelievable and I just hope that he’ll stop before he does you in, and I kept hollering for her (Taylor),” said George.
When Taylor realized it was her husband, of 30 years, she ran to the truck, where she pulled out a shovel and began to hit the animal.
She says she hit it multiple times with a shovel and eventually it walked off.
“Slowly it turned and I really hit it with everything I had and then the dog chased it out of sight,” said Taylor.
She then tried to stop the blood coming from the gash on Murphy’s head, but she new more help was needed. “I tried to figure out how to get a tourniquet on someone’s head,” said Taylor.
Murphy’s distraught wife ran to get aid at a local flying service and Murphy was medevaced to Providence Hospital, where he is stable and recovering well.
The 82-year old sustained serious head wounds and seven broken ribs, along with a deep gash to his thigh from one of the hooves.
“I wasn't scared I wasn't feeling anything except get rid of that bugger,” said Taylor. “I didn’t feel it was extraordinary, it was just something that had to be done, there was no one else.