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Army Veteran Jumped 50 Feet Down the Bridge to Save a Teenager from Drowning

Army Veteran Jumped 50 Feet Down the Bridge to Save a Teenager from Drowning

Petersburg, Virginia: On December 13, during a community non-profit gathering at their church, Juan Serrano and his wife stated they never thought they would end the evening as someone’s savior.

The two were driving south on I-95 in Petersburg on their way home after leaving the church and making a lunch break when they noticed a young man strolling close to the edge of a bridge that crossed the Appomattox River.

Concerned, Serrano stopped, got out of the vehicle, and walked up to the young man to ask if he needed assistance.

” As I was approaching the kid, I saw that he was pacing himself, so I asked him if he needed a ride if he was ok.”

He claimed to have seen the young man plunge into the Appomattox River from the bridge mere seconds afterward.

Shocked, the eight-year army veteran said he sprinted to the other side of the roadway, figuring from the direction the water was flowing, he might know where the child was.

Juan dove fifty feet into the icy water beneath the gloomy clouds, intending to save the foreigner.

” My instinct because he was colder, I took all my clothes and everything I had on and put it on him. We didn’t have a way to get out the water so I used his backpack and my belt to actually drag him out,” said Serrano.

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