WACO, Texas (KWTX) A celebration of life service has been set for the Midway teen who died in an accident on Lake Waco this week.
The service for Nick Sheldon will be held at the Midway Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 9th at 3:30pm.
The 18-year-old Sheldon died at Hillcrest Hospital Wednesday afternoon, from injuries he suffered when he dove into Lake Waco Tuesday, striking a shallow sand bar.
According to Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum, they responded to a call of a possible drowning in progress at Koehne Park in Waco about 7 Tuesday evening.
Sheldon dove off of a boat into the water, and landed in an area where witnesses say there was a hidden sandbar underneath the water. There was only 3 or 4 feet of water over the sand.
Friends pulled him onto a sand bar where they performed CPR. He was unconscious when paramedics arrived.
More than 100 current and former Midway High School students gathered to remember Sheldon Wednesday night.
Taylor Smith and Kallan Salganiz were two of the people on the boat with Sheldon.
“Nick jumped in head first and we had no clue how shallow the water was,” Smith said.
“Kallan Salganik realized a couple of minutes later we could not find Nick, so we all spread out and Kallan found him and brought him up and brought him to the bank and I started CPR.”
Smith said the water on one end of the boat was about 20 feet deep and the area where Smith jumped in was a sandbar and only about four feet deep.
“After CPR, we got a pulse and we got him back,” Smith said.
She said friends helped to move Nick further up the shoreline, while holding his neck and stabilizing him.
Emergency crews showed up roughly ten minutes later, Smith said.
Sheldon played Center for the Midway Football team. According to his Facebook page, he planned to attend TCU in the Fall to study Pre-law and Political Science.
Sheldon is the son of Waco developer Rick Sheldon who had plans to develop the Brazos Riverfront. Most recently, he has announced plans to donate the Cotton Belt Bridge to the City Center Waco Organization for use as a pedestrian bridge.
Students shared memories and spoke about the friend Sheldon was to so many of those around him.
“He wanted to make everyone happy and no matter if he was hurting he just wanted everyone to be happy and he always put other people first,” Smith said.
Logan Paschal played football with Sheldon. Paschal said the amount of people in attendance at the vigil spoke to how many people Sheldon touched.
“Amazing, that’s all I can say, he was amazing,” Paschal said.
“He made everyone so happy and spread joy to so many people, it is hard to believe he is gone.”
Counselors are being made available at Midway High School starting tomorrow.