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Animal lover and daredevil

October 6, 2008

Dr. John O’Laughlin
Policyholder with Laurel Highlands Insurance Group in Uniontown, Pa.

Hometown: Dawson, Pa.

Dr. John O'Laughlin

A 750-pound Siberian tiger named Sampson nuzzles John, his veterinarian, at the Western Pennsylvania National Wild Animal Orphanage.

Occupation: Veterinarian, practice owner of Grace Veterinary Clinic in Mt. Pleasant, Pa.

Where you’ve heard his name: O’Laughlin made international headlines in 2007 when he helped save the life of a 26-year-old man who was gored during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. He used a T-shirt to bandage the wound and commandeered a stretcher to get the injured man out of harm’s way—but not before lying down over his body while a stray bull ran by.

“Everybody thinks it was heroic when I covered him, but bulls attack movement,” says O’Laughlin. “If I would’ve run, he would have gotten me.”

The daredevil in him: O’Laughlin was inspired to “drink deep from the cup of life” after reading Ernest Hemingway in high school. “I’ve dived out of airplanes, jumped onto a moving train, bungee jumped and climbed a mountain.”

What about the running of the bulls experience? “I’ll probably go back in 2009. This year I’m going swimming with great white sharks.”

Why Erie Insurance? “I do some dangerous things in my personal life. Knowing that I have my house, car and practice insured with ERIE, I’m able to eliminate some worries because I know everything will be taken care of if something should happen. I used to have a simple bidding war for my insurance every year until I met my current ERIE Agent, Joe Rettura. He takes care of me so I don’t need to worry about other things. One of my hobbies is raising bees, and Joe even got me insurance for my bees.”

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