The Life Saving Medal Award was given to Salstrom for his actions that saved three children from a large dog in October of last year. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said his actions were decisive while lives were in jeopardy.
Salstrom was the first on the scene and immediately responded without back up. He tasered the dog which made it disengage from an 8 year old boy it was attacking, but as the dog ran off the taser wires were separated. After Salstrom carried the boy inside he went to help the other to children when the dog attacked again. He then shot the dog and carried the 15 year old and the 3 year old girls to safety.
All of the children needed medical attention.
The dog still had to be euthanized by a vet after being shot.