Community Life

Clark Teens Receive Bravery Award after Saving Friend’s Life

d395be74269a63b21439_DSCN0814.JPG
Thomas Bizacko, Nick Serpe, and Nick Shipiro received the Mayor’s Certificate of Bravery for saving the life of their friend and teammate Sebastian Iakouvitch. Credits: Kristen Busch
5aa7c929c354453f6e11_DSCN0806.JPG
Michelle Iakouvitch expressed her gratitude to the boys for saving her son's life after a drowning incident. Credits: Kristen Busch
b7f8e6d722a506c715b0_DSCN0802.JPG
Thomas Bizacko, Nick Serpe, and Nick Shipiro received the Mayor’s Certificate of Bravery for saving the life of their friend and teammate Sebastian Iakouvitch. Credits: Kristen Busch
d2ee1dc3f1622f68fce3_DSCN0811.JPG
Sebastian Iakouvitch helps Mayor Bonaccorso present certificates of bravery to his friends for saving his life. Credits: Kristen Busch
dfc40621952e7deed8b1_DSCN0809.JPG
Friends, family, and teammates were in attendance for the presentation. Credits: Kristen Busch
d395be74269a63b21439_DSCN0814.JPG

CLARK, NJ – Mayor Sal Bonaccorso and the Clark Town Council presented the Mayor’s Certificate of Bravery to teens Thomas Bizacko, Nick Serpe, and Nick Shipiro for saving the life of their friend and teammate Sebastian Iakouvitch.

“On July 5th, I received that dreaded phone call no parent would want to get,” said Iakouvitch’s mother, Michelle Iakouvitch.  “I never thought it would be a swimming incident, drowning, because I prided myself in teaching Sebastian to swim at 13 months to be able to save himself.  He is an excellent swimmer.”

In an email to the Mayor and Council, Iakouvitch’s mother explained that her son was submerged under water for over four minutes. Iakouvitch’s friends noticed that he was struggling in the pool and jumped into action.  Serpe went into the deep end of the pool to begin pulling Iakouvitch out with the help of Shipiro and Bizacko.

Sign Up for E-News

Her email went on to explain the Iakouvitch was taken to JFK Hospital where he was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and pulmonary edema.  Iakouvitch was able to walk out of the hospital on his own.

“An estimated 5,000 children are hospitalized and 15% die in the hospital.  As many as 20% of them suffer from permanent neurological disability,” said Iakouvitch’s mother.  “As I read you the statistics I give you an idea of how things could have been so different and I want to thank once again Nick Shipiro, Nick Serpe, and Thomas Bizacko for saving my son’s life.”

“It’s an honor for me to recognize these young men for saving someone’s life and being such great citizens,” said Bonaccorso.  “We thank you on behalf of myself and the township council.”

Just this spring, Iakouvitch and his mother lost everything they owned in a Sunday morning fire.  Friends and community jumped to create a GoFundMe page to help the family get back on their feet.

“Whenever people are in need, that’s when this town really rises to the occasion,” said Bonaccorso.  “It’s so amazing and so incredible.”

“I will forever be grateful to those boys, JFK Hospital’s doctors and staff, and the first responders,” said Iakouvitch’s mother.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Clark

Clark's CityMD Urgent Care Shares Flu Survey

CLARK, NJ - As flu season is in full gear and the probability of catching the flu is a real concern, a majority of Americans admit to taking actions that may contribute to the spread of this highly contagious virus.  According to a recent survey, roughly three out of five Americans who have had the flu or flu-like symptoms (61%) admitted to being out and about the last time they ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4263e5e3ea86532c53e1_take_your_child_to_the_library_day

Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

The Clark Public Library, Clark

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_e98775566841c6c9afee_ucea

Thu, March 1, 4:00 PM

Barnes and Noble, Springfield

Grab the Family and Head to a Very Special Read ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_248cea245b872fb9c722_resolve_house

Fri, March 2, 12:00 PM

Resolve, Scotch Plains

Free Teen Anxiety Group (Ages 14-17) at Resolve

Clark VFW : Spotlight on Joseph Horling

February’s spotlight is on Joseph Horling , Staff Sergeant US Army 1942-1946.

Joe was born in Rahway NJ on Oct 1, 1920.  He and his brother Anthony were born to Anthony Sr. and Bertha Horling .  Joe’s father was born in Munich and his mother Bertha in Austria. 

Joe enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1942.  Eight months later, in 1943, he enlisted in the US ...

Kiwanis Clark - Flapjack and Raffle Fundraiser

February 24, 2018

KIWANIS CLUB OF CLARK—The Clark Kiwanis Club, the local chapter of the worldwide philanthropic organization that aids children's causes and charities, has announced their upcoming Flapjack Fundraiser for Sunday, March 18, 2018, from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Clark Applebee's.

The Clark club is the parent organization for the ALJ High School Key Club, the Kumpf Middle School ...

First Hand Account: Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 22, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Don't Rule Out a College Based Solely on Sticker Price Here's Why

Has your child been crossing schools off their college list based solely on the sticker price?  In this week's Tuesday Takeaway, Chris Curran talks about why the sticker price is often far higher than the actual price you will pay.    Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat and don't forget to check out his book College Funding ...

Choosing a College With the 'Right' Fit

Do you know if your child is choosing a college with the right fit?  Do you know what the right fit means or why it matters?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's latest chat about why fit matters and don't forget to check out his book College Funding Secrets.  

Check out other columns by Chris here.

Scutari vs Mahr

February 14, 2018

I read with interest in a local newspaper regarding the Union county democrat party political infighting for their “county chair” selection.  There were 2 letters juxtaposed, each one listing supporters of either Senator Scutari or Fanwood Mayor Mahr, who are the two main people vying for the “boss” position.

Although I am a democrat I am not a committee ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...