Two east Pennsylvania police officers sprung into action on Thursday, July 23, to help rescue a horse from a burning barn.
Hilltown Police said Officer Matthew Reiss and Officer Kristian Hanus “found a large barn with heavy smoke and fire” as they arrived at the scene at Red Wing Farm. After being told a 22-year-old horse, Phoebe, was inside the stable, the two officers ran in and, with the help of trainer Lena Obernesser, managed to get her outside to safety, as fire burned through hay and a staircase just feet away from them, local media reported.
This bodycam footage shows the officers running inside and trying to pull the horse out as Obernesser goes to the rear of the massive animal to push. The officers then rush away from the barn and turn around as the blaze begins to engulf the building.
Hilltown Police said 15 fire companies and six EMS units responded to the scene. Eight people required medical attention, including four who were hospitalized, police said. The two officers also sustained minor injuries, they added.
The owner of the Red Wing Farm, Amber Jewell, praised the police officers and other people who helped get horses to safety. She shared footage on Thursday, July 30, showing the remains of the stable. Jewell said they would rebuild it. Credit: Hilltown Police via Storyful