'I keep thinking what I could have done differently to make sure that I saved more horses than I did,' says the man.
Sometimes real heroes are not the ones with the populous record or the flattering features; they’re the ones who come to aid when the need arises. These heroes are the ones who live simple lives and come to the rescue out of love and humanity. 9News reported that a barn at Hidden Pines Farm in Franktown, Colorado was burned down recently. There were 14 horses in the stables at the time who were in the fire. While 10 horses tragically lost their lives, four were rescued by Eddie Soto Sanchez, the manager of the property. The man mentioned that the fires arose when he was in a deep sleep and he was notified on his phone. “I ran to the barn, opened the doors, ran in and it’s dark,” Sanchez said.
Flames and smoke are visible for miles. No need to call 911. Emergency crews are on scene. pic.twitter.com/KSr1PeoAAK— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) November 27, 2023
He then realized that a fire had spread with the chunks of smoke fuming. While firefighters were on their way to the rescue, Sanchez spared no time jumping in and getting his horses to safety. He ignored the flames burning his hands and selflessly managed to rescue four horses before the firemen intervened and pulled him out to safety. Resisting the firemen, Sanchez wanted to save his animals. “I managed to pull away from the fire guy and went around to the other side of the barn, still trying to get my old friend Dave. He was an older, retired horse. But once I opened the door, he didn’t come out,” he said. Refusing to let go, Sanchez tried his level best to get his beloved horse out.
"I called his name and he just wouldn't answer it,” he said, bereaved. “At that point, they told me there's nothing you can do. I kept yelling at them that there were still horses in there,” Sanchez added. Recalling the heart-wrenching incident, Sanchez mentioned that the flames were too many for him to avoid cooperating. He painstakingly watched the firefighters try and douse the fire, knowing there was nothing more he could do. While the firemen did their duty, Sanchez was rushed to the hospital for medication and a thorough checkup. When he returned a few hours later, he checked his destroyed barn only to learn that he had lost 10 of his horses in the fire.
As Sanchez replayed the incident, he heartbrokenly said, “I keep thinking what I could have done differently to make sure that I saved more horses than I did. I keep going back to Dave's stall. I see him there and I'm like, 'Buddy, I tried, and you know that I tried.’ It just makes me feel like I didn't do enough.” The cause of the fire is still being investigated while the 4 horses are marking their path to recovery and health. The town has deemed Sanchez a lion-hearted hero for having put his beloved animals before his own life and saved them before he did. "My emotions just get all over the place. This is what's going to be difficult for me, you know, sitting there and remembering all of this,” Sanchez remarked thinking of his 10 horses.