Officers Reiss and Hanus saved the life of a terrified horse stuck in a burning barn when everyone else was helpless.
A raging fire is probably the most terrifying catastrophe mankind will ever face. Firefighters and first responders take part in intense training programs so they know how to behave when a fire breaks inside a house or a barn. Everyone else panics and makes mistakes.
That’s not the case of officers Matthew Reiss and Kristian Hanus. They showed up at Red Wing Farm in Pennsylvania and spotted the raging fire that had turned the whole place into a mess.
Officers Reiss and Hanus asked if there was anyone in the barn. The place was drowning in flames. One lady told them that there was no one around the spot, warning them about the terrified horse in the barn. The poor animal was frozen and couldn’t even take a step.
It was a serious situation and the officers had to act quickly. Getting the horse out of there was a priority, but they needed help to do that. They were shouting and screaming at the horse to make him move. It didn’t help and they used a rope and a lot of strength to pull the horse out of the barn. It was finally safe!
“The adrenaline was pumping,” Hanus said.
“She was definitely terrified, the cops were fantastic though, they jumped right in,” said Lena Obernesser, a riding instructor at Red Wing Farm. “I saw the footage and I was just in awe. Like, oh my God, thank God they were here.”
One of the officers had the whole action on his camera, and the video is pretty shocking. Sweat, high flames, ashes, screams, a terrified horse, a lot of action, and two brave officers.
Luckily, there are no victims. Officers Reiss and Hanus sustained minor injuries. Emergency responders took care of eight people on the farm. The barn was completely consumed by the flames and that’s the only major loss for the day.
“It was an absolute moment of excitement and adrenaline dump that we were successful,” Reiss added. “Minimal injuries to both he and I, and we were out there, so good work!”
Red Wing Farm calculated the damage, and they are receiving a lot of help from the community.
“We had trainers contacting us, people telling us like, hey, if you need places,” Obernesser explained. “The horses are at Ivy Hill right now and Park Avenue stables. They really stepped up, we had so many people reaching out. I was so proud to be a part of this community.”