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Hero of the Week: Officer Matthew Reiss


Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.


This week, we share a story out of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in which a police officer comes to the rescue of a horse.

The horse stable at Red Wing Farm caught fire. Nearby friends were able to pull most of the horses out to safety – all of them but one. A horse by the name of Phoebe was in distress and too spooked by the flames to move from her stall.

When Officer Mathew Reiss arrived on the scene, he was told that there was still one horse inside. Officer Reiss, who said that he really didn’t know much about horses, ran into the burning barn. He grabbed a rope, and after some pushing and shoving with the help of one of the riding instructors, they pulled Phoebe out to safety. Officer Reiss says that is one rescue that he’ll never forget!

Kix’s Response:

Now, I can tell you from being around horses, if they don’t want to move, especially if they are scared, it is hard to budge ‘em.

I still remember when Charlie Daniels’ barn caught on fire, and he lost about half of his horses. It’s really a scary thing – and I’m sure that horse, Phoebe has no idea how lucky she is that Officer Reiss was on duty that day!





Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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