Friday, April 15, 2011
A Lyons police officer is being honored for his bravery after pulling the jaws of an 8-foot python off its owner.
Tuesday, Chrystal Wilson was feeding her pet snake Howie, when he struck out and latched onto her neck and wouldn't let go.
Wilson's young son frantically called 911. That's when Officer Max Bryant arrived on scene, thinking he was dealing with a small garter or bull snake.
"Oh my God, I'm not a big snake person," said Bryant. "Instincts kicked in I guess."
With Wilson's help, Officer Bryant literally pried the snake's jaw apart pulling the python off its owner. Wilson was treated at the hospital and is doing fine.
Howie was sent to a friend's house in the country.
The City of Lyons cited Wilson for having a vicious animal in the city limits.