Emotional reunion following pool rescue

Posted at 10:07 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 01:11:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Monday afternoon a man got a chance to say "thank you" to the construction worker who saved his mother's life.

"You're an amazing guy," Alan Walter told Gabriel Mejia in a meeting to which 10News was invited "and my mom wrote you a letter. She didn't get to see you recently but wanted to give you this later. It says 'Gabriel, my guardian angel that God sent to me.'"

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Walter's parents visiting their son and grandchildren Friday in Allied Gardens. They'd just returned from a family trip to Legoland. The grandfather had just helped the children out of the truck but forgot to set the brake. The truck began rolling down the street, with the grandmother still inside. It smashed through a fence and fell into a swimming pool.  The window was open and the truck began filling with water.

Mejia was working on remodeling a home two houses up the street. He heard the commotion and rushed to help. Upon seeing the woman trapped inside the truck, he jumped in the pool and began smashing the window with his hands. When that didn't work, he grabbed a brick and hammered away until finally breaking the glass. He helped the woman out of the truck to safety.

Walter told Mejia his mother is recovering back home in Northern California. 

"Some stitches, but she's alive and she's doing really good," he said. "Really, honestly, thanks to you."

Walter's mother wrote a thank you card, which Walter delivered to Mejia Monday afternoon.  She enclosed a check, wanting to "be a blessing" in Mejia's life.

Mejia tells 10News he suffered minor injuries during the rescue, consisting of bruises and cuts to his hands sustained from his efforts to break the window.  Mejia was checked out at a hospital but says nothing is broken.