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Elmwood Park Mayor, Council Honor Boy Attacked By Raccoon

Aryan Gavali of Elmwood Park.
Aryan Gavali of Elmwood Park. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wayne Robbins
Danny Walls, at left, with Aryan Gavali at Elmwood Park's Thursday council meeting.
Danny Walls, at left, with Aryan Gavali at Elmwood Park's Thursday council meeting. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wayne Robbins
Elmwood Park's Aryan Gavali and Danny Walls with the mayor and council Thursday.
Elmwood Park's Aryan Gavali and Danny Walls with the mayor and council Thursday. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wayne Robbins

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — The Elmwood Park mayor and council honored a young boy attacked by a raccoon and the man who saved him for their bravery at a Thursday meeting.

Mayor Richard A. Mola presented 6-year-old Aryan Gavali with a commendation. Aryan was attacked by a raccoon while walking to school Jan. 27.

The raccoon later tested positive for rabies.

Danny Walls, who helped free Aryan from the raccoon's grip, also received a commendation.

Aryan's family started a GoFundMe account to help pay for his medical bills after the attack. The page raised more than $2,100 as of Friday morning.

Aryan is doing well in his recovery but needed rabies vaccinations; it says.

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