Foundry Worker Saves Co-worker's Life

Published: Mar. 10, 2005 at 12:32 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2005 at 3:54 AM CST
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White Oak foundry worker Marcus Sanchez remains in a Dallas burn hospital after an industrial accident last week. His co-worker, 52-year-old Joe Wright saved his life. Wright is now nursing burns to his arms and foot and says he is glad to be alive.

"You don't really think about it you just do it. All my guys handled themselves in a correct manner that's why we're all still here," Wright says.

Wright saw Marcus about to be swallowed up by 1400 pounds of molten bronze and made a spilt second decision.

"Marcus was in trouble and a tremendous amount of metal coming over him. He was on fire when we drug him out, there was a decision there and I remember it, and I decided am I going to stay here or am I going to leave," he said.

The heroism goes deeper for Wright. A former Navy seal and Vietnam veteran, he still lives by a code of honor that he shares with his co-workers.

"We never leave a man back, he was in trouble,e he needed help, and I went over and helped him. We got him out, we don't lose nobody on my watch," says Wright.

Marcus is recovering from severe burns in a Dallas burn center and spoke with us by phone to express his thanks to the man he owes his life to.

"Thank you Joe for what you've done for me. If it wasn't for you and the other guys that were there, I probably wouldn't have made it through any of this. I would have been hurt worse than I got, maybe even dead," said Sanchez.

22-year-old Marcus Sanchez is expected to undergo three to four more weeks of treatment at Parkland Burn Center in Dallas for extremely severe burns to his legs.

Bob Hallmark, reporting.