Danbury firefighter recovering after dog attack

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A firefighter with the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department is recovering after being attacked by three dogs last week.

James “Bobby” Jones, 66, was attacked by three Labrador retrievers last Wednesday night while hunting. He had been bitten more than 40 times.

“They’re still doing surgeries. He’s going to have a long recovery, but he’s in good spirits,” said Jeff Whitaker, a relative and an assistant rescue captain for Danbury VFD.

Jones was listed in good condition Monday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Phil Handy, chief animal control officer for Stokes County, said the incident is still under investigation and the three dogs are at the shelter. The dogs were up to date on their rabies shots, he said. The dogs will be held for 10 days, then euthanized at the owner’s request, Handy said.

Jones has been with the volunteer fire department for more than 20 years and is the traffic officer, according to Chief Jim Hicks.

“He’s done a super job,” Hicks said.

“He was there about every time the pager went off,” Whitaker said. “He didn’t miss many (calls).”

Whitaker said Jones loves animals and was a bloodhound handler who helped the department with many searches.

The fire department held a fundraiser for Jones and his family last Friday. They served hotdogs and put a box out for donations.

“The community was wonderful to come out,” Hicks said. “We just wanted to help the family.”

“It’s a very close-knit community, and Friday proved it,” said Whitaker.

Danbury is the county seat of Stokes County.

Whitaker said the family greatly appreciates the support from the community.