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.' "