Fundraiser for Charlottesville Hero Marcus Martin Surpasses Goal in Less Than 24 Hours

Martin pushed his fiancée away from car that mowed down counter-protestors

Last Updated: August 15, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

A GoFundMe account started for Charlottesville hero Marcus Martin surpassed its goal of $40,000 in less than 24 hours.

Martin pushed his fiancée out of the way when a car, allegedly driven by James Alex Fields Jr., plowed into a group of counter-protestors, killing one person and injuring many more. Martin was injured himself during the attack.

Martin was with his fiancée, Marissa Blair, when the car approached the group of counter-protestors and pushed her out of the way in a dramatic moment that was captured by a photographer from the New York Post.

“Marcus heroically made a split second decision to save his fiance’s life by moving her out of harm’s way, and in the process suffered a broken ankle, broken tibia, and several torn ligaments,” the GoFundMe page says.

The fundraising site continues: “Marcus works as a landscaper and will not be able to return to work and earn a wage for an unknown length of time. Marcus has not asked for anything from his community in return for his courageous acts. Let’s come together to help Marcus cover his hospital bills/copays, transportation costs for upcoming appointments and surgeries, and lost wages so he can focus on healing his mind body and spirit.”

The page, which was promoted and verified by CNN anchor Jake Tapper, raised over $47,000 in its first 22 hours online. Meanwhile, Martin recently attended a service for Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed in the attack.