Student Recognized as Hero

A Landon Middle School student who put himself in danger to protect two female students from an attacking dog, was recognized for his heroism by school board members at their meeting January 6. Gianni Noriega put himself between the 100 pound dog and two girls after the dog chased them in the 1100 block of Jewel. Gianni was bitten on the hands and feet as he tried to kick at the dog. His ribs were bruised when he fell to the ground during the attack. He required 12 stitches. A motorist saw the attack and stopped to let the students in their vehicle. The dog was later captured. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor and Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten were among those congratulating Gianni for his actions.