WWII vet, 92, dies 2 days after heroic rescue

Source: Cell phone video by Nadine Powell Bystanders watch as rescuers work to free  92-year-old Sal Mancuso of St. Lucie West from his submerged car. Police believe Mancuso suffered some kind of medical incident that caused him to drive his car into a manmade body of water just off Bethany Drive last Wednesday. Mancuso died Friday at Tradition Medical Center in St. Lucie County.

Source: Cell phone video by Nadine Powell
Bystanders watch as rescuers work to free 92-year-old Sal Mancuso of St. Lucie West from his submerged car. Police believe Mancuso suffered some kind of medical incident that caused him to drive his car into a manmade body of water just off Bethany Drive last Wednesday. Mancuso died Friday at Tradition Medical Center in St. Lucie County.


Brandon Zeris
Staff Writer
ST. LUCIE WEST — After being in critical condition for two days, St. Lucie West Service District Supervisor Salvatore Mancuso was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m. the morning of Dec. 12, police said.
Two days prior, the World War II Army Air Corps veteran suffered a yet-to-be determined medical emergency while driving and drove his car into a lake across from Hurricane Grill & Wings along Northwest Bethany Drive in St. Lucie West.
Three men rescued Mancuso from his silver Lincoln Town Car at lunchtime after a woman ran to Hurricane Grill yelling for help.
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Wreaths Across America remembers veterans

Staff photo by Patrick McCallister  Army veteran Deborah Mowery and her husband, Tod, lay a wreath at White City Cemetery during the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13. Tod is a member of the St. Lucie County Commission. Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when Morrill Worcester started laying wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. His quiet holiday season tribute to fallen service members caught on. Today there are coinciding ceremonies at almost 250 wreath-laying cemeteries annually.

Staff photo by Patrick McCallister
Army veteran Deborah Mowery and her husband, Tod, lay a wreath at White City Cemetery during the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13. Tod is a member of the St. Lucie County Commission. Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when Morrill Worcester started laying wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery. His quiet holiday season tribute to fallen service members caught on. Today there are coinciding ceremonies at almost 250 wreath-laying cemeteries annually.


Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
For the fourth year, St. Lucie County turned out big to honor service members and veterans who have died by placing wreaths on their graves. On Saturday, Dec. 13, about 200 people attended a Wreaths Across America ceremony and wreath laying at the White City Cemetery, 3800 Sunrise Blvd., White City. About 800 service members and veterans are buried there. That’s how many wreaths organizers had ready for ceremony attendees to lay.
“America should never forget those men who served when the nation called,” Port St. Lucie’s Roy Brewer told attendees.
Brewer is an Air Force Vietnam veteran. He was the master of ceremonies.
Wreaths Across America started, almost by accident, in 1992. Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, realized that his company was going to have extra wreaths that Christmas season. Inspired by a boyhood trip to Arlington National Cemetery, he got the help of Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to have wreaths laid at graves in older sections of the storied cemetery.
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