A 16-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after he used his quick thinking ability to save the lives of 14 Clydesdale horses. Macon Martin was at home with his family approximately 60 miles east of Atlanta when their home was struck by lightning late one night.
Shannon, Macon’s mother, explains the jolt of lightning shook the family’s house. She recalls how she was in bed asleep one moment and seconds later she was standing beside her bed trying to understand what had just happened. She says her first thought was that a bomb had gone off inside the home.
The lights were not working and the family could only see through the light of a fire that was quickly consuming a barn filled with horses owned by the family.
The situation was made more drastic by the fact the door to the barn was locked and the horses had no way to escape the barn. There was also no time for the family to search for the keys in the dark.