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Dramatic tornado survival story

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a tale of survival after many people experienced the devastation of Mother Nature just more than seven months ago.

In the small town of West Liberty, one four legged family member was the talk of the town.

Veterinarians and his owner said they have never seen anything like it and have no explanation for the outcome other than equine divine intervention.

“After what we went through every day is a blessing to us,” said David Green.

Green and his family look upon their land in Morgan County with hope after devastation.

“A tornado or nothing else is going to keep us from living here,” Green said.

He and his family are rebuilding their homes after the Mar. 2 tornado. They said their extended family would be included when they came back.

“He is my horse and I love him,” said 8-year-old Colten Conley, a grandson of Green’s.

“We think of them of them as family and we don't want any harm to come to them,” said Green.

After a tornado destroyed David and Barbara Green’s home, the walls were left still standing...

“I didn’t think we were going to survive the tornado,” said Green.”
“Then, after it was over, I had went to the front door to try to get us out of the home because I was afraid a wall would cave in on us or something and my wife said look, there's a horse in the kitchen! I said now is not the time to be joking around.”

Their gelding, “Chief,” had been picked up by the twister and placed in the kitchen.

The family and the vet said that after all the devastation they went through they believe there is a reason why a story like this came to be.

“I think that is where the Lord wanted him put,” said Dr. David Fugate of West Liberty Veterinary Clinic.

“I think the Lord is why myself and my wife are still alive and weren't injured in the tornado also,” said Green.

Some called it a miracle.

“He was not dropped, he had to have been eased onto the floor of that kitchen,” said Fugate.

Fugate said he never expected to see anything like it.

“I can't explain how the wind and the force and the wind can pick up a 1,100 pound horse and set it inside a house without breaking one of its limbs, a fracture or a terrible laceration except the good Lord wanted it that way,” said Fugate.

They said “Chief,” also known as “Twister,” helped them on the road to recovery.

“He is lucky to be alive,” said Conley.

Fugate said the story was uplifting and he enjoyed telling the Palamino's story to others.

“It’s one of the good ones,” said Fugate.
“He has been kind of a source of inspiration for me.”

The family said they hope to ride “Chief” again one day


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