Firefighters are called on to make all types of rescues. But a recent rescue request received by the Bedias Volunteer Fire Department was unusual, to say the least.
Minutes before midnight Thursday, a Bedias couple found one of their horses submerged, up to its neck, in their septic tank. The horse had apparently stepped on the tank's lid causing it to collapse, then fell in.
The Grimes County Sheriff's Office was the first to respond. Then a call was placed to the Bedias Volunteer Fire Department.
After a quick strategy session, firefighters decided to loop a tow rope around the horse and attach it to a front-end loader. Then the frightened animal was slowly eased to safety.
The horse sustained injuries to her ear and cheek, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Both Sheriff Don Sowell and Bedias Fire Chief David David Jordan commended the late-night heroics of the firefighters.