Hero J. Manuel Corral who saved child from well turns 100


By Bret Bloomquist
El Paso Times

J. Manuel Corral accepting an award while holding Randy McKinney, 3. Photo courtesy of El Paso Times.

One look at J. Manuel Corral shows a man who has outrun age.

The Socorro resident, hero and proud naturalized American turned 100 on June 15, 2017, though he looks and sounds like someone in his mid-70s.

Randy McKinney has a good idea of how Corral has made it to the century mark, a reason that overlaps with why 57 years ago McKinney lived to see age 4.

“He’s a remarkable, blessed young man,” McKinney said from his home in Conroe. “He amazes me. I do know there’s a reason he’s lived such a great life. I don’t know all of that reason, but it’s his faith, his belief in God. It’s the way he’s lived.”

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