Janean RaNae Guerra died attempting to save Michael A. Chavez from drowning, Sterling, Colorado, June 22, 1993. Michael, 3, and other family members were boating on the North Sterling Reservoir when he fell out of the boat into water about 10 feet deep. His cousin, Janean, 11, student, immediately dived into the water and swam to him. They struggled, and Janean called for help. Responding to her cries, the children’s grandfather dived into the water and swam to them, but, despite his efforts, all three submerged and drowned.
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