Pasco teen saves his brother from electric shock

Nic, left, and Justin Martin

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) – A teenager is thankful for his younger brother after he saved his life last weekend. Justin Martin, 16, was playing manhunt, a hide and seek game with relatives when he decided to hide on the roof of the neighborhood clubhouse.

“I grabbed with my left hand onto that gray pole. I was instantly paralyzed. Everything clinched up, like all my muscles clinched and I’m just standing there paralyzed. My hand is on the pole and then my other hand by itself, like it was involuntary, shot to the pole and I had both hands on the pole. I’m just stuck there paralyzed. All I was capable of doing was yelling and I was yelling help get me off,” said Justin.

The first person to hear Justin was his 13-year-old brother Nic. Nic immediately jumped in to help.

“All of the sudden I hear him yelling, ‘help it got me’” Nic said. “So hurry up and get down the tree because usually there are bolts on the ac unit. I thought he stepped on one but nothing was there. I went to go grab him and I got shocked and l was like what? I went to go pull on his shorts. I couldn’t get him off. So I step back a few feet and I just jump at him and I fall with my weight to the ground and that’s when I finally got him off and he fell on me.”

Justin told News Channel 8 that he felt numb after being knocked to the ground, but feared for his life seconds earlier. Justin is now thankful his brother was there.

“I would be dead. There’s no doubt about it, I could feel everything getting hot. It felt like I was literally going to explode,” said Justin.

Justin spent a couple days in the hospital after the accident. The pole he grabbed is now covered in another pipe. But the shock has formed a new bond between the brothers.

“We used to fight like get into fist fights, but like since this thing has happened we haven’t’ fought at all,” said Nic.

“I love him and that no matter what I say I am really grateful that he’s in my life,” said Justin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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