This is a message from Holly, the former Holmdel Police dispatcher that was on duty on 11-12-17, the evening when healthy two-year old Vienna Savino (daughter of Denise Wunderler Savino and Michael Savino) died suddenly and with no explanation - a mysterious category of death called: SUDDEN UNEXPLAINED DEATH IN CHILDHOOD -- SUDC:
Anyone who works in a profession of life, death, and safety of people can tell you there are always cases that stick with you; they can either be a positive or negative experience. As a former police dispatcher of 7 years, I can tell you that I have had a few cases that I will never forget. Those that are the most difficult in nature are always those involving children. On November 12, 2017, this was once again solidified for me.
Almost two years later, I can still remember answering that phone call from a young babysitter and two scared, older siblings of a two-year-old that was not waking up from a nap after a movie. I remember trying so desperately to locate the parents that were out for the night and feeling an overwhelming amount of agony in my heart for personally knowing just how much this poor family’s ordinary lives would be turned upside down and would never be the same. I remember the quiet, somber demeanor all my officers seemed to be coming back to headquarters with after this call. No one really said a word. How does something like this happen to a seemingly healthy child? What could I ever do to lessen the pain this whole family would feel now for the rest of their lives?
I left that job in June 2018, but still always thought about that two-year-old and her family. I got word this past January that there was a fundraiser for “Team Vienna” at Bell Works and knew it was finally time to reach out to the family and let them know that I still thought about Vienna and prayed for the family often.
Since reaching out, I have become very close with the “Wundervino” family; teaching how to make bracelets at the oldest daughter’s birthday party, helping to make 150 “grab bags” for the Team Vienna walk at Bell Works this past March, representing “Team Vienna” in Hawaii for Vienna Day in May, helping with math homework, and just being an overall ear to listen.
I still want to help even more. Together, with Vienna’s Mommy, Denise, we have designed a Limited-Edition “Team Vienna” bracelet, that were then all handmade by me. There are currently only 38 available and will benefit “Team Vienna.” A standard, women’s sized bracelet will be available for $42 each. They are approximately 7.75 inches.
Specialty sizing is also available at $45 each for men or children. Shipping is available for $5+$2 per additional bracelet. Pickup will be available on certain dates at Bell Works. Cash, Check, or Venmo accepted.
If you are interested, please email me at HOLLYBEEDS@gmail.com with the following information:
Number of Standard Sized Bracelets ($42ea):
Number of Specialty Sized Bracelets ($45):
Sizes needed (measure wrist size loosely):
Shipping needed? ($5 +$2 per additional bracelet):
(We can discuss Bell Works Pickup Date, if needed):
Bracelet Subtotal: $
Shipping Subtotal: $
This article was published with permission from Vienna's mommy, Denise Wunderler, and former Holmdel Police Dispatcher, Holly.
Dr. Denise Wunderler, DO, FAOASM, TeamViennaSUDC.org
-Founder/President, Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc. (501c3)
-USA Volleyball/FIVB Team Physician
-CJSW Primary Care Sports Medicine
-JBJ Soul Kitchen Volunteer
-Impact 100 Jersey Coast Member
To read a former TAPinto Holmdel article about Vienna, cick here.