(Photos: Marion County Fire Rescue)
In a daring rescue operation, Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) crews raced against time to save a distressed horse trapped in a pond on the morning of February 6th, 2024.
At 7:52 am on February 6, emergency dispatchers received a frantic call from the 17300 block of SE 160th Avenue Road in Weirsdale, reporting a horse in dire straits. The distressed animal was stuck in the murky waters, unable to free itself and showing signs of distress.
Responding swiftly to the scene, firefighters from MCFR Weirsdale Station #27 arrived at 8:04 am to find the horse submerged in approximately 4.5 feet of water. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, MCFR Special Operations Technical Rescue units, including Tower 2 and Heavy Rescue 2, swiftly mobilized to assist.
With quick thinking and resourcefulness, firefighters devised a plan to reach the stranded horse. Utilizing a boat and improvised tools, including fire hoses, the dedicated crews maneuvered through the water to reach the animal’s side.
Despite the challenging conditions, the skilled rescuers worked tirelessly to free the horse from its watery trap. After a tense operation, the horse was successfully extricated from the pond and brought safely to dry land.
Following the rescue, concerned citizens stepped in to provide immediate care and comfort to the exhausted horse while awaiting the arrival of its owner. The remarkable efforts of the MCFR crews exemplify their unwavering dedication to serving and protecting all members of the community, both human and animal alike.