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Family of Saratoga County logger who died in tree-cutting accident raises money for student safety gear

Mark Mulholland
Updated: February 25, 2020 07:20 PM
Created: February 25, 2020 05:45 PM

DAY - Shannon and Jeff Gray were headed to Curtis Lumber to buy some stain on the Fourth of July when they got the call there had been a terrible accident. Their son, Martin, was critically injured while working on a tree-removal job in Broadalbin.

"The crane was never grounded, and the electricity went through his body, and out the bottom of his foot and he was electrocuted," said Martin's mother, Shannon Gray.

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Martin Baylies Jr. passed away just a couple of days later.

His family saying this week it's still hard for them to grasp that a young man who was so full of energy is gone.

"He was a great kid," Shannon smiled.

The 2013 Hadley-Luzerne graduate leaves behind Ariannah Rose, a 2½-year-old daughter.

Now thanks to the kindness of his family, other kids will know Marty's name for years to come.

They held a poker run this month on the Great Sacandaga, raising $6,000 to help forestry students who attend Hadley-Luzerne High School pay for safety gear like hard hats, boots and goggles.

"A lot of kids go away from this program because of the expense of the safety equipment," said Jeff Gray, Marty's stepfather. "So instead of doing a scholarship fund, we decided to go with the safety equipment and this way they'll have the money."

They plan to do annual fundraisers so students can be safe and families of aspiring young loggers can have peace of mind.

"So we're going to do the best we can to help any family that we can in our community," said Shannon." I don't ever want any parent to ever have to go through what we went through. It's been the worst eight months of my entire life."

They're planning their second annual poker run for next Presidents' Day weekend to raise money for safety gear and to honor their son.


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