An LBJ Early College High School freshman is getting a lot of attention this week for saving a child’s life.
The Austin Independent School District honored Marcus Weakly at Monday’s school board meeting.
Weakly, 14, was swimming with friends at an apartment complex pool in east Austin on June 17, 2017.
He was playing with a beach ball when a friend pointed to a 4-year-old boy underwater at the bottom of the deep end — lifeless. He dove down to take a closer look.
“He still wasn’t moving so I went in there and pulled him out,” said Weakly. “I didn’t think about anything else but doing that.”
Definitely a Huge Shout out to this young man!
ATCEMS honored Weakly with the “Outstanding Citizen Award,” and said if it were not for his quick, heroic actions the young boy would not have survived. He also received a certificate from the Austin Police Department.
Weakly lives with his grandfather, who went out and bought picture frames to hang the certificates on the wall in their living room.
“I’m proud of him and I’m glad he was able to be instrumental in saving a life,” said Clifton Weakly, Jr. “I always try to instill if you’re doing the right thing you can’t go wrong.”