06/08/2011

Police assist, then honor girl who saves dying boy

Roanoke County officials nearby said she helped save a drowning boy

By Jordan Fifer
The Roanoke Times

ROANOKE, Va. — Julianna Marquez, 9, knew something was wrong. It was late afternoon on a hot June day, and no one else — not even the adults — seemed to notice the little boy face-down on the bottom of the apartment complex swimming pool.

Julianna, a third-grader with wavy brown hair, was nearby in the water. She swam beneath the surface and pulled 4-year-old Quamir Cooper to the pool's edge.

"I wasn't really thinking," Julianna said Tuesday. "I was just like, 'OK, I'm just going to grab him.' "

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