Christopher P. Meehan died helping to save a boy from drowning, Woodbridge, Virginia, July 27, 2003. While on a family picnic, an 11-year-old boy was wading with five other boys in the Potomac River, off the grounds of a state park. They were carried by strong currents into water beyond their depth and shouted for help. A guest at the picnic, Meehan, 33, security systems installer, was standing in wadable water at the scene. He swam out to the boys and, reaching the 11-year-old, grasped him and pushed him to a man who had responded on a personal watercraft. That man took the boy to safety and also aided in the rescue of four of the other boys. The fifth boy submerged and drowned, as did Meehan. His body was recovered from the river the following day.
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Christopher P. Meehan, 33, of Manassas, Va., died on July 27, 2003.
Meehan was born in Waynesboro, Pa. He moved frequently in his younger years as a member of a military family but considered Virginia his home state. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs and worked in management positions in several companies in Northern Virginia. In his free time he enjoyed his dogs, motorcycle rides, water sports, and other outdoor activities.
(Edited from an obituary in the Athol Daily News, Aug. 1, 2003.)