Wamesit Lanes Person Of The Week: Stephen Wink
Jul 02, 2016 05:00PM
By Bill Gilman
Stephen Wink, the Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week, is presented with his gift card by Loretta Ryan, Director of Sales for Wamesit Lanes.
Boy Scouts learn many skills during their years of training. Some of those skills they use in their lives on a regular basis. Others, they hope to never have to use.
But one afternoon in 2013, when a backyard pool party turned tragic, everyone was glad young Steven Wink had paid close attention to his training and was prepared to help save a life.
"It was an 'end of the school year' party. There were a bunch of kids there from Tewksbury High and a few of us from Shawsheen (Tech)," recalled Wink. "We were in the pool and getting ready to play a game and were looking for this one kid. Then I saw him at the bottom of the pool."
Wasting no time, Wink dove to the bottom of the pool and tried to get a response from the teen. Getting none, he surfaced, took a deep breath and headed back down. This time, he grabbed hold of the boy and brought him to the surface.
"A friend of mine helped me get him up and onto the deck," said Wink. "He wasn't breathing and one of the mothers started CPR."
The CPR was continued until the arrival of Paramedics, who were finally able to restore the boy's pulse and get him breathing on his own.
Wink's fast action helped save the life of the teen, who had no lasting ill-effects from the drowning.
"I saw him a while back at the Tewksbury High Prom and we said 'Hi' and he was doing great," said Wink.
The lifesaving techniques used by Wink were learned through Scouting.
Last month Wink put an exclamation mark on his scouting journey when he was promoted to Eagle Scout. As part of the ceremony, Wink was awarded an Honor Medal in recognition of his heroism that afternoon in 2013. According to Boy Scouts of America, an Honor Medal is awarded to a Scout who "Has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self."
The ceremony took place at the Tewksbury Lodge of Elks, home and sponsor of Wink's Troop 322. In addition, Wink's Eagle Scout project was to build 10 handicapped-accessible picnic tables for the Elks Lodge. The tables are built in such a way as to allow wheelchairs to rollup to each end without being obstructed by the legs of the table.
"They do a lot of events for veterans at the Elks and these should help at those events," said Wink.
Wink, who recently graduated from Shawsheen Tech, will attend UMass-Lowell in the fall, where he will major in Electrical Engineering.
For being named Wamesit Lanes Person of the Week, Wink received a gift card from Wamesit Lanes Family Entertainment Center.
Do you know a friend, neighbor or family member who deserves a pat on the back for something cool they've done? Nominate them for Person of the Week by emailing their name, along with the reason they should be honored, to Bill@yourtewksburytoday.com.
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