USS Stennis sailors help injured cyclist

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)
Story by Seaman Daniel Schumacher

Date: 08.22.2013
Posted: 08.29.2013 01:26
News ID: 112800
USS Stennis sailors help cyclist

BREMERTON, Wash. — Two sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) aided a civilian cyclist who was struck by a car in Silverdale, Wash., Aug. 22.<br /> <br /> Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jennifer Cunningham, from Bloomington, Ill., accompanied by Seaman Aaron Singer, from Pearl City, Hawaii, was driving Stennis’ Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) van when they observed a female lying on the side of the road next to a damaged bicycle.<br /> <br /> “We didn’t know the situation, but we were not going to drive past her and hope everything went well,” said Cunningham.<br /> <br /> Cunningham parked the van next to the injured woman and asked if she needed help. She explained to the sailors that she was hit by a car and suffered injuries to her leg and head.<br /> <br /> “Her leg was already turning a dark purple color,” said Cunningham.<br /> <br /> Singer stayed with the cyclist while Cunningham called 911. The sailors remained at the scene with the injured cyclist until paramedics arrived.<br /> <br /> “We just wanted to make sure the cyclist was OK,” said Cunningham.<br /> <br /> Cunningham and Singer’s actions were recognized by Stennis’ commanding officer, Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, who personally thanked them during an all-hands announcement on the ship’s public address system.<br /> <br /> “I didn’t do this for attention or praise,” said Cunningham. “I’m glad, however, that we, the Navy, are being recognized for stopping to do the right thing instead of just driving by.”<br /> <br /> Stennis, home ported in Bremerton, Wash., is currently undergoing a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.<br /> For more news from USS John C. Stennis visit or 74.