The woman rescued from floodwaters by Marines got to reunite with them and revealed they arrived less than a minute after she prayed for help
· · Sep 24, 2021 ·

Last week, Virginia Waller-Torres was caught in her car in a flash flood outside the Arlington National Cemetery.

Virginia said she had prayed for help less than a minute before a group of Marines – who serve with a special unit called the Body Bearers that performs funeral services at the cemetery – came to her rescue.

"It was like they were sent from somewhere else, from a higher power," Waller-Torres told WUSA9. "I thought I could die, a truck could hit us. And it was as though, somebody heard me."

She was able to reunite with two of the Marines, Cpl. Mitchell Wojtowicz and Cpl. Jared Tosner, at the Marine Corps barracks in Washington on Monday.

What the Marines didn't know when they rescued Virginia is that her grandad was a WWII vet who is buried in Arlington, and that her dad served in the Navy during the Persian Gulf War.

"My father said in the Gulf War, he did, and continues to have, such respect for the Marines," Waller-Torres said. "I sent him the video, and he called me back, and he started crying. Because it was so emotional for him."

Just an awesome story all around. Kudos to the Marines for jumping into action without hesitation!


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