Stevensville men recognized for life-saving efforts
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