16-year-old shirtless boy drives through burning barn to save 14 trapped Clydesdale horses


Macon Matin, a 16-year-old from Atlanta, is now being hailed as a hero for his quick thinking ability that saved the lives of 14 Clydesdale horses after his family house and barn got struck by lightning late one night

istockphotos.com/daveloganShannon, 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.

Macon he told local NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3 News that he had no plan when he ran in the direction of the barn. Macon explains he was still in his bedclothes and was wearing no shoes at the time. The teenager jumped inside the family’s four-wheel utility vehicle and headed for a wall of the barn. Macon recounted the story he told local NBC affiliate WKYC Channel 3 News, saying he simply jumped in ‘the gator’ and broke the door down.

Shannon says she watched in shock and awe as her son burst into the barn and begin to unlock the stalls. She said she could hear him calling to her from inside the barn. She says she entered the barn through the hole left by the gator and joined her son in the act of ushering the horses from the barn.


The fourteen horses were completely unharmed by the fire, but the barn was completely destroyed.

Shannon expressed sadness at losing the barn. She said it was a dream of the family to own a barn. She also explained she and her family built the barn with their own hands. The determination showed clear on her face when she said they would build another barn in the same spot.

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