Umpire honored for saving 8-year-old during tornado

Umpire honored for saving 8-year-old during tornado (Image 1)
Umpire honored for saving 8-year-old during tornado (Image 1)

A baseball umpire was honored in Franklin on Friday night for his actions that saved an eight-year-old boy's life during the tornado that swept through the area late last month.

Marty York reported he saw Maddox Greathouse searching for shelter as pelting rain and twisting winds suddenly hit the fields of Jim Warren park where he and dozens of other young children were playing on April 26.

“I was really scared and he saved me,” Maddox said, adding “Sand was hitting me in the face and cars turning over and then he got me.”

The longtime umpire in the youth league scooped up the youngster just before a nearby car flipped over right near where the boy had been standing.

“He was a brave kid that I just scooped up out of the rain and God did the rest,” Marty said.

During Friday night's special ceremony, Maddox gave Marty a plaque for his heroic actions before hundreds of cheering parents.

Maddox's mother, Susan Jones, who was rushing to the field the night of the storm after watching another son play ball in Brentwood, called Marty a “guardian angel” and credits him for saving her son's life.

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