Robert Harris, father of the young boy rescued, hugs Alejandro Martinez last week, thanking him for rescuing his son after being thrown into the water by his mother.
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Good Samaritan, Boy Reunite

Rescuer Honored By Board Of Supes

There were smiles and hugs this morning when a Vallejo boy got to meet the man who rescued him last Thursday. The boy's mother is now charged with attempted murder for throwing her son into the Mare Island Strait. But today he and his father were able to say thanks and gave their hero a helping hand.

Three-year-old Robert Harris, III is a little bundle of energy. From watching him run today you'd never know how close he came to drowning last week.

Robert Harris, boy's father: "It was definitely a blessing for you to be there at that time and I'm definitely convinced that you saved my son's life."

Young Robert's dad got to thank his son's rescuers in person today when they were honored by the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

It was last Thursday that the Martinez's took their two kids for a walk along the Vallejo waterfront. They saw Robert's mother, Chevaun Brown, dangle him over a railing and then drop him into the frigid water. Alejandro dove into the 12-foot deep water and pulled the boy to safety, even though he could not swim.

Even now Alejandro gets emotional talking about it.

Alejandro Martinez, boy's rescuer: "I'm happy the boy is fine."

But both families are still wondering how Robert's mom could do it.

The Harris family was more than just thankful today, they were giving. They took up a collection from friends and family and also gave the Martinez's the keys to a post office box in case others want to give.

The money will be good news because their son needs an ear operation and Alejandro has been out of work. But the good news is he is starting a new job tomorrow.

That new job came from an employer who had heard about the rescue and wanted to do something to help Alejandro and his family.

How To Help
If you'd like to help Alejandro Martinez, send donations to:

P.O. Box 287
Vallejo, CA 94590

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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2003

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