Officials are hailing the heroic efforts of a farm worker's young son after his quick-thinking saved nearly 60 animals at Moss Neck Farm in Caroline County, Va.

According to The Free Lance-Star, the late-December fire ignited in a barn housing seven sows and around 55 piglets. Eleven-year-old Daniel Fitzgerald, son of the farm’s caretaker, ran to the barn once his mother spotted the flames.

Thanks to the Fitzgerald’s efforts, all but three piglets were saved.

Chris Golden, vice president of commercial construction for The Silver Cos., which owns the land, also praised the boy’s actions.  

“It was truly a stroke of luck that that boy thought as quickly as he did,” Golden said.

Officials believe the fire was caused by a heat lamp.  See, “Boy, 11, rescues dozens of pigs from fire.”

Golden also pointsto Fitzgerald’s involvement with farm chores that helped prompt the rescue.