David Bryan Bowery saved Juliann B. Farmer from drowning, Kingsport, Tennessee, July 5, 2003. Juliann, 2, fell into the Holston River and was carried 600 feet downstream by the very swift current. As she approached, she was spotted by people on the deck of a riverside restaurant, including Bowery, 32, financial advisor. Bowery immediately jumped from the deck, ran to the river, and, stepping onto a submerged rock, leapt into the water. He swam toward the middle of the river and intercepted Juliann at a point about 25 feet out. Grasping her and pulling her to him, Bowery returned toward the bank, the current taking them farther downstream. He reached the bank with Juliann, handed her over to a paramedic who was present, then left the water. Juliann was hospitalized three days for treatment of water in her lungs, and she recovered. Bowery sustained scrapes to his arms and legs and other minor effect but he recovered shortly.
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