“씨. Sanchez, after freeing himself, with a broken leg and cracked ribs, unselfishly went and found tools and other items and returned and reentered the rubble and render(에드) aid to those injured and freed several others, quite possibly saving human lives,” Sheriff Jon Hayden said.
“There was a girl there trapped, and she was crying, ‘Help me, I’m trapped.’ She didn’t know I was there,” 그는 말했다. “Every decision I made at that moment, I don’t have experience on rescuing or anything. I just used common sense.”
, one of the workers at the factory
, was pinned under about five feet of rubble after the factory collapsed
. She told CNN at the time her supervisor and several prisoners working at the factory helped get her out to safety
Sanchez was one of seven prisoners working at the candle factory as part of a work-release program for low-security low-level offenders
. A Graves County deputy overseeing the group was killed in the collapse
, and three of the prisoners were treated for injuries
. The Mayfield candle factory was one of the most devastated sites in an outbreak of at least 30 토네이도 across six states in the Midwest and South
In his Facebook post, Sheriff Hayden also praised Sanchez for not trying to flee or evade captors in the hours after the collapse.
After helping to free others, Sanchez got a ride to the emergency room to be treated for his injuries, 보안관이 말했다. 그곳에, Sanchez saw a state trooper, identified himself as an inmate and said he needed to turn himself in, but the trooper said he was not in a position to help him, according to the sheriff.
Sanchez then took a shuttle bus to a shelter and learned the jail had also been destroyed in the series of powerful tornadoes
. He was then put into contact with jail staff who took him back into custody
, 보안관이 말했다.
“씨. Sanchez had a lot of decisions to make that night,” 보안관이 말했다. “He could have made the decision to only save himself, but he didn’t. His actions likely resulted in other lives being saved. The series of decisions he made over the next several hours were the right decisions, and we applaud you for that, 경.”
Sheriff Hayden told Sanchez’s sentencing judge about the heroic actions during a court hearing last week, 보안관이 말했다. The judge determined Sanchez only had 14 days left to serve and offered a shock probation — a form of early release — but Sanchez chose to complete his sentence instead.
“I thought because of what I did that led me to incarceration
, it was something that I did
, and I deserve to do the time
,” Sanchez told WKYT
Sanchez will be released March 1 and will be looking for a job and a place to live, Hayden said in his Facebook post.
“We hope someone will take a chance on him and give him an opportunity to start a new life,” 보안관이 말했다. “He is a hard worker, as he has been assisting county government in moving offices since the tornado, and he is a very humble man. We wish him the best and applaud him for his sense of humanity.”