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A Brave 16-Year-Old Boy Nearly Gives His Life To Save All 14 Of His Family’s Horses

One family’s worst nightmare came true when they woke up in the middle of the night to find that their barn—which housed 14 Clydesdale horses—had caught fire.

Things seemed hopeless for the family and their poor horses. Yet help was waiting from an unexpected place…


The Martin family of Oconne County, Georgia were horrified when their barn caught fire with their 14 Clydesdale horses inside, including a pregnant mare and a 3-week-old colt. Making matters worse, the power had just gone out—and the door to the barn was now locked.



The horses would’ve died had it not been for the quick thinking of 16-year-old Macon Martin. “I just ran right out,” he said. “I had no clothes on, no shoes—no nothing.”

Macon instinctively rushed to the family’s tractor, fired it up, and rammed it right at the barn door to break it open. He and his mother, Shannon, then unlocked the stalls and pushed the horses to safety outside.

So what caused the fire? Apparently, it was a lightning bolt. “It shook the whole house,” said Shannon. “One minute I’m in bed, the next minute I’m standing up next to the bed trying to figure out what bomb went off.” Phew! That was a close call.



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