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Cave Creek mayor wants bull run out of his town

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No one said it was easy -- running with the bulls can get you hurt.  Ask anyone who took part in last weekend's annual event in Cave Creek.

The mayor, Vincent Francia, says that the day of the event, he began looking for a way to get the event out of his town.

He says adrenaline junkies have every right to seek thrills, but he's worried that next year, the injuries could be even worse.

Last weekend, thrill seekers got tossed, trampled and just plan beat up by bulls.

"Like eight or nine staples, a few stitches on the eyebrow, a little bit on the ear," said Solomon Johnson.

Johnson suffered one of the six injuries treated by Rural Metro paramedics at Saturday's event.

"I guess I got complacent and they're coming at me and you think you're quick enough to get out of the way, but a 2,500 pound bull moves really fast and I think it was like a  nano second..his horn caught me and threw me up in the air," he said.

Francia has instructed the town attorney to produce an ordinance to keep the event out of Cave Creek next year, but that will be tough because it takes place on private property.

"I have a high respect for private property and I have an equal responsibility to my community and you can not divorce one from the other," said Francia.

Event coordinator Phil Immordino is surprised by the mayor's reaction.

"Obviously they're concerned, but like any event, they're not responsible.  We've done this for five one has been majorly hurt. It's not an issue," he said.

With staples in his scalp and a story to tell, Johnson's biggest concern is that paramedics tore off his 1980s Red Wings jersey.

"I was heartbroken when I found out they ripped this off," he said.

And that he broke his phone.

"It's not bull-proof," he said.  "I can't wait 'til next year.  I told Phil I'll be the first in line next year."

He just hopes he gets a discount.

"He should let me run for free, don't you think?"

The mayor expects the ordinance to be ready next month.  Then there will be a town hall discussion and town council vote.

Immordino says that if Cave Creek doesn't want his event, there are plenty of cities that do.

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