Stevensville men rec­og­nized for life-sav­ing ef­forts

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AN­NAPO­LIS — Stevensville res­i­dents Ben­jamin Waller and Ni­cholas Wil­son were rec­og­nized April 19 for their life-sav­ing ef­forts in a per­sonal wa­ter­craft ac­ci­dent in July.

The Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Awards and Pro­mo­tional Cer­e­mony, held at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege in An­napo­lis, rec­og­nizes pro­mo­tions and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Of­fi­cers of the Year. A Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Let­ter of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion was given to Waller, Wil­son and Dou­glas Bram­ble.

On July 6, 2016, Waller and Wil­son were fish­ing to­gether in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay along the Bal­ti­more Lighthouse near the Magothy River when they no­ticed a man on a per­sonal wa­ter­craft hit the wake of a cargo ship. Ac­cord­ing to Lt. Cather­ine Medeillin from the Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice, the young man aboard the PWC, Kevin Mur­phy, was seen face down in the wa­ter and un­re­spon­sive by Waller and Wil­son. The two be­gan life-sav­ing mea­sures and were joined by Bram­ble.

Cpl. Kevin Kelly from the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources also re­sponded to the scene where CPR was con­tin­ued and Mur­phy was flown to the hospi­tal, said Medellin. Mur­phy even­tu­ally made a full re­cov­ery.

Waller’s mother, Penny, said she was in­cred­i­bly proud that her son and Wil­son were able to help. Waller, who is 25 years old, has been on the wa­ter all his life, said Penny, and it is a great priv­i­lege for them to re­ceive this honor from the NRP.

From right, Dou­glas Bram­ble, Ben­jamin Waller and Ni­cholas Wil­son stand with wa­ter res­cue vic­tim Kevin Mur­phy’s par­ents and sis­ter at a cer­e­mony rec­og­niz­ing the men’s ef­forts in res­cu­ing Mur­phy. CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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