Two women and a dog were swarmed by yellow jackets at Curtiss Park about 6 p.m., Sept. 29.
A 44-year-old Dearborn Heights woman, her daughter and their dog were sitting at a table at Curtiss Park when the yellow jackets attacked, stinging both of the women and their dog several times. The women did not require medical assistance.
They called police because the yellow jackets were swarming the table and they feared attack if they attempted to collect their personal items. Sgt. Andrew Hartwig saw a constant flow of yellow jackets flowing from a hole in the ground near the table. Unable to approach the table, he tossed a life-saving disc and attached it to the table. He then attached a rope to his police vehicle and pulled the table away from the hive. He used a fire extinguisher to fend off the remaining hornets and retrieved the personal belongings from the table, noticing hornet stingers sunk in the phone’s protective casing.
Hartwig roped off the area with police tape and notified the Saline Department of Public Works, which sprayed the ground next with a full can of hornet spray early the next morning. Employees returned late in the morning, noticed survivors and sprayed again. By afternoon, there was no activity.
Tran Longmoore is a veteran community journalist. He is founder and owner of TheSalinePost.com. He is co-publisher of The Saline Post weekly newspaper. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 734-272-6294.