Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man who drowned trying to save pair is honored

The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission has honored a Central Florida man who drowned while trying to save two people from drowning in Lake Weir in 2011.

Kenneth Stephens Sr., 55, of Dunnellon died while trying to rescue his sister-in-law and niece who began to struggle while swimming in Lake Weir during a family outing in June 2011.

The Pittsburgh-based Fund presented Stephens' family with the Carnegie medal and a $5,000 financial grant to commemorate his sacrifice as a hero, said Doug Chambers, a Fund spokesman.

In June 2011, Stephens was boating with extended family members for an outing meant to memorialize his son, who died in a mining accident six months earlier.

His niece, 8-year-old Priscilla DeLira, was swimming with his sister-in-law, Pauline Yambao, about 10 feet from the boat when they began to struggle. Yamboa grabbed onto DeLira's life jacket and they started to sink.

Stephens jumped in and saved DeLira. But when he went back to help Yambao, both of them disappeared beneath the surface.

Marion County Sheriff's divers recovered their bodies a day later about 500 yards from where the boat was anchored.

Since 1904, the Carnegie Fund has awarded a medal four times a year to people in the United States and Canada who risked their lives to save others.

Man who drowned trying to save pair is honored 12/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Baker lowers expectations for primary

    Blogs

    Rick Baker officially lowered expectations Tuesday, saying his “battle for the future of the city” against Mayor Rick Kriseman might last until November.

    Rick Baker addresses supporters on Beach Drive Tuesday
  2. Former Sen. Greg Evers, advocate for law enforcement, dead at 62.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Former State Sen. Greg Evers, the Baker Florida strawberry farmer and veteran politician, was killed in a single car crash hear his home in Okaloosa County. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the death late Tuesday, but deferred any further information pending an investigation. He was 62.

    Former Florida Senator Greg Evers, R- Milton, was a passionate advocate for law enforcement and corrections officers. He was found dead Tuesday afternoon in a car crash. He was 62. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Polk sheriff: Gibsonton man sent child porn to Bay News 9 anchor

    Crime

    A 20-year-old Gibsonton man was indicted on federal charges after authorities said he repeatedly sent child pornography to a news anchor for Bay News 9.

    Marchaun Browning, 20 of Gibsonton, was indicted on federal charges, accused of sending child pornography to a news anchor for Bay News 9 using Twitter. [Courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office]
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Type artists, shuffleboard, toy train show, Wildflower Walk

    Events

    1 Letterheads Typefest: The muralists who run Illsol Space, a gallery in Tampa Heights, said their respect for handmade fonts and sign painting techniques moved them to curate this exhibit featuring type-based muralists, hand-style lettering designers, sign painters, letterpress studios and type designers. …

    Colm O’Connor, a Dublin sign writer, is among the 22 artists featured in the Letterheads Typefest exhibit at the Illsol Space gallery.
  5. Foundation Partners buys Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, the Tampa Bay area's largest family-owned funeral company, has been sold.

    Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home, the Tampa Bay area's largest family-owned funeral company, has been sold.
[CHRIS URSO   |   Times]