Va. Deputy Rescues Child From Balcony

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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A Loudoun County sheriff's deputy is being hailed a hero for his quick actions in a chaotic situation.

Jane Watrel

A Loudoun County sheriff's deputy is being hailed a hero for his quick actions in a chaotic situation.

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A Loudoun County Sheriff's deputy pulled a child hanging from a balcony back to safety.

According to authorities, the deputy responded to an emergency call on Corkwood Drive in Sterling at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.  A caller reported that a 5-year-old boy had fallen from a third story balcony.

When Deputy Casey Johnson arrived at the address, he saw a second child clinging to the outside bars of a third-story balcony, as paramedics tended to the fallen boy, News4's Jane Watrel reported.

"She was screaming, crying," Johnson said. "She found a place for her footing, I guess, in between the railing and the outside -- probably a half an inch. She looked like she was slipping, so I yelled up to her, told her not to jump."

He charged up the three flights of stairs and prepared to make a forced entry when a woman came and unlocked the door.

The deputy went to the balcony and reached over the edge to pull the endangered 4-year-old girl back to safety.

"She said she was trying to save her cousin, and then by the time she got over the ledge it was too late," Johnson said.

He said he did nothing unusual.

"It's my job," he said. "I come to work every day. It's why I signed up. I wouldn't be here if I didn't want to get involved in opportunities like this. I mean, I work with people every day that do the same thing."

The 5-year-old boy was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The Sheriff's Office said Child Protective Services was contacted about the incident.

Deputy Johnson joined the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in 2008.

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