"Oppie" the horse rescued after sprint down Sunrise
Highway Patrol Officer Matthew Siesto helped Oppie get back home this morning.

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"Oppie" the horse rescued after sprint down Sunrise

Story By: STAFF WRITER
7/8/2019


A Suffolk County police officer and Suffolk County deputy sheriff rescued a horse on Sunrise Highway that had escaped from a Brookhaven farm this morning.

Highway Patrol Officer Matthew Siesto responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a horse running on westbound Sunrise Highway between exits 57 and 56 in Brookhaven at 7:27 a.m. The horse had escaped from Rockaby Farms, located at 44 Yaphank Avenue, Brookhaven, after a tree fell and damaged the horse’s pen. Officer Siesto was flagged down by the horse’s caretaker Erin Easop who got into the patrol vehicle. The horse was observed in the westbound median and then started traveling in the eastbound median. Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Patrice Silvestri was on the eastbound side and was able to grab the horse at 7:33 a.m.

After Easop secured the horse with a halter, she and Officer Siesto walked the 30-year-old thoroughbred horse named Oppie back to the farm.