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Temecula Teen Saves A Life

Great Oak freshman Roman Nunez demonstrates an act of selflessness and integrity.

Oct. 28 began as just a regular day for Great Oak High School freshman Roman Nunez, but it didn't quite end that way.

Nunez, a part of Great Oak's AFJROTC Program, was walking to pick up his uniform in preparation for a community service event at Luiseno Elementary School when he came across a young boy who was walking while listening to his iPod.

As the young boy, Brandon, prepared to cross the street, a white SUV that was backing out and accelerating down the street did not see the him. What Roman Nunez proceeded to do was an act of heroism that sounds straight from a movie.

"The car didn't appear to be slowing down, so I grabbed him and pushed him out of the way," says Nunez. He saved Brandon from harm's way and returned him to his home safely.

Brandon was initally in shock, he says, but the next day he thanked Nunez and told him he wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him.

Brandon's mother offered Roman $50 for his good deed, but he refused the money. "I was uncomfortable taking the money," he said. "It was just the right thing to do."

Nunez said he advised Brandon to listen to his iPod at a lower volume in the future in order to be more aware of his surroundings, and said the two are now good friends.

Although Brandon was saved from what would've surely been a terrible accident, Nunez did not leave the scene completely unscathed. "The car clipped my leg, and it dislocated my ankle," he says.

Nevertheless, he says he's glad he did what he did. His actions were honored at Great Oak Integrity Rally on Tuesday Nov. 2, where he was recognized by his fellow students for his heroic and selfless behavior.

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LBV Collins November 07, 2011 at 02:55 AM
Kudos to Roman! (Great job, young man!) And very nice story, Melissa. Well written and engaging.
Robin November 07, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Roman is a very nice young man. Very polite & mature.
Shannan Buffolino November 07, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Roman, you are in rotc with my son jordan buffolino. I was a parent chaperone at lusieno for rotc that night and I dont know how I didnt hear about this.I met you, and I want to say that I am so extremely happy that the little boy Brandon had such an amazing hero nearby to save him. I have worried so many times and I tell my 9 and 7 year old that I am afraid that a big truck will back up over them because they cant see them since they arent tall enough for the driver to see if they back up, so I always tell them to watch for reverse lights, or running vehicles and it is so amazing that you were so alert and put yourself in harms way to save a little boy. I think most teens are good-hearted, and will help others, but many teens are distracted themselves with things like ipods,and text, so to hear a story of a teen who was so alert, and so amazingly heroic..just gives me goosebumps, and it melts my heart. I think you and Brandon will be best buds forever in his eyes.:)
Nancy November 10, 2011 at 02:07 AM
Roman. Wow. I am so proud of you and I'm proud to have been your teacher. You have always had a good heart. If I was there I would give you a big hug. Lots of love, Mrs. Fouts
brandonhalberg February 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Roman I didn't get a chance to say great job. you did an outstanding job saving that kid. I have you in my class in ROTC in Echo flight you are an awesome kid and a great friend. brandon halberg
Hardone Buttmanos May 16, 2012 at 06:22 PM
The real title should be "Ipods danger to Public", cadets at TVHS and CHS do way more than this daily. They don't get credit and GOHS gets cherished as best JROTC in area, but how? Automotions not promotions, they don't wear uniforms, rank to them is issued not earned like in traditional JROTC. Good job though cadet Nunez, not many have that courage. I myself would've let the kid get hit.
Nessa June 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
GoodJob Roman Nunez <3 lovee , Ness

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