Teen Saves Woman from Drowning on SML

Smith Mountain Lake, VA - The husband of a Bedford County woman is thanking a teenager for saving his wife from drowning in Smith Mountain Lake.

Eugene Chianelli said in a letter that his wife Emily Chianelli, 78, fell out of a boat and hit her head on August 20. The couple was checking on a gas vent at a friend's home on the Franklin County side of the lake when the accident happened.

Mr. Chianelli is a polio survivor and was unable to pull his wife out of the water and yelled for help.

Davis Daniel, 17, came running to the dock from the house next door. The teen gave the woman CPR although he is not certified and has only seen it done on TV.

Mr. Chianelli sent his letter to Delegates Kathy Byron and Charles Poindexter, hoping Daniel will be recognized as a heroic Virginia citizen.