VIA| 16-year-old Macon Martin rescued a dozen Clydesdale horses from a burning barn by driving a farm vehicle into the building.
In the middle of the night the Martin family felt a lightning bolt hit their home.
“It shook the whole house,” Martin’s mother, Shannon said. “One minute I am in bed; the next minute I am standing up next to the bed trying to figure out what bomb went off.”
The lightning bolt started a fire at the house, but after putting it out they realized the barn was lit up as well.
“I just ran right out,” he said. “I had no clothes on, no shoes – no nothing,” Martin told local news.
They rushed over but the power was out and the barn doors were stuck shut..
“We could not get the large overheads open,” Shannon said, describing the terror of having their 14 Clydesdale horses in such danger. Among them was a young foal and an expecting mare.
Martin jumped into action and a utility vehicle. “I just jumped in our Gator and I just ran it right into the door,” he said.
He and his family then pushed the terrified horses out of their stalls. The rest of the family credit the survival of their prized horses to the 16-year-old’s quick thinking and bold actions.
“He busted through like Rambo and opened up the end of the stalls,” his mother said.
The family is now working on re-building their barn, with lots of people pitching into help out.