'She Was Just a Giving Person' Giving: 'She Was Happy with This Dog and the Progress He Was Making'

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Byline: Harry Hitzeman Legal Affairs Writer hhitzeman@dailyherald.com -CLMN-

A memorial service will be held Saturday for a Big Rock firefighter who died this week from injuries sustained in an attack by a dog she recently adopted.

Dawn Renee Brown, 44, was killed Monday at her home in Big Rock, and authorities said she died from injuries from a mastiff, one of the three dogs owned by Brown and her husband.

Brown served 5 1/2 years as a full-time firefighter/paramedic at the Bristol Kendall Fire Protection District in Yorkville, and as a volunteer firefighter for the Big Rock Fire Protection District since 2003.

A service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the English Congregational United Church of Christ, 301 Rhodes Ave., Big Rock, and the Rev. William Riegle will officiate. Brown was cremated earlier this week.

Michael Kalina, Bristol Kendall battalion chief, said Brown loved dogs and children and volunteered for the fire protection district's public education division, where she gave students tours of the station and visited elementary schools.

"She was a dog lover and this was one more addition to her family. She loved children but didn't have children. This was her way of connecting with kids," Kalina said, adding that when a person dies, people tend to talk about the person's traits and ignore the bad.

"With Dawn's case, there really was no bad. She really did live a good life. She was just a giving person."

Kalina said Brown and her husband had recently adopted a large, male mastiff and were acclimating him to their other two dogs, who also were rescue dogs. …