FULSHEAR (Covering Fort Bend News) - Fulshear resident Matt Pierce says he's not a hero for rescuing Mohammad Hadi on Monday afternoon, but he does not disagree that the 72-year-old may well have died if he and his dog RBI had not discovered him in a ditch in an old rice field that was being flooded with sunshine and extremely hot temperatures.
Hadi had broken his cane and fallen down an embankment. He hurt his ankle and was unable to move. He was in stuck in that spot all night Sunday and all day Monday.
Bloodhounds, drones, a helicopter and numerous law enforcement officers and citizens all took part in the search but it was Pierce who found him.
Pierce gives the credit to God. He says he would never have been available to search for Hadi if his two afternoon appointments had not cancelled on him. He is a baseball instructor and had planned to give hitting instructions but the appointments were cancelled. He said his wife, the principal at Katy Elementary School, was not expected home until about 6 p.m. so he thought he would take part in the search. He took along his dog and they went looking in a location that was, as the crow flies, a straight shot from Hadi's home, but not exactly where anyone thought he'd be found.
Pierce tells us the rest in this five minute interview.