Life of man who died during rescue attempt remembered

As funeral plans continue for an Owensboro man who died attempting to rescue a child in Alabama, his life and legacy are remembered.

Steven Wahler drowned while trying to pull a 12-year-old boy from the Gulf of Mexico on the Alabama coast. He was one of two who passed away.

"He was a very wonderful man, a nice neighbor," says Onda Brummett, who has lived next to the Wahlers for six years. 

"I feel like if I was ever in trouble, or needed anything, he was right there by my side," she adds.

The news of his death left her sad and shocked. Brummett considers him a hero for his actions. The tragedy hit close to home for her, bringing up tragic memories of her own.

"Very many years ago, I lost my little brother when he was six years old at Rough river, and he drowned," Brummet recalled.

Wahler spent more than two decades with the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, most of those years at IT manager.  General Manager Mike Weafer says he was dedicated on the job, fun outside of work, and always ready to help anyone in any situation.

"Steve was a fun guy. People liked to be with Steve. Witty. Funny. Had a good sense of humor. He liked the water, boating and fishing," says Weafer. "Everyone here is affected."

He was a lifelong member of First General Baptist Church in Owensboro, where Rev. Larry Shadower said he was committed to the church his family's been in for generations.

"Everybody's devastated. When something happens to someone you are close to, it's unimaginable the situation and the actions he had to take. Not surprising that he was willing to take those measures to save somebody's life," he says.

"I very much miss him," Brummett adds.
 


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