Shayne Peck, of Milanville, has been moved with compassion in his teen years, and he expects this will influence the rest of his life.


Shayne Peck, of Milanville, has been moved with compassion in his teen years, and he expects this will influence the rest of his life.
The 17 year old senior from Honesdale High School has been busy helping mentally and physically challenged kids at Dyberry Day Camp, and is training to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
During the past four summers he has worked at Dyberry Day Camp, just north of the county fairgrounds, where children with disabilities have a chance to enjoy activities and socialization. The program started in 1972 and is run by ARC of Wayne County.
Shayne said this has been a very rewarding job and he feels good about helping. He was acquainted with a girl in his grade with challenges, and he had seen how being friendly made her happy. A teacher recommended to Shayne that he look into being a counselor with Dyberry Day Camp. At the camp, he works with one or two children assigned to him.
For his senior Project, he has begun rebuilding the pavilion at the camp. He saw that it was in bad shape. Some contractors, family and friends have been helping him. A tournament was held at the Honesdale Golf Club which raised about $6,200 for Shayne’s project.
This past summer he started training to be an EMT for Damascus Ambulance. He’s started as an observer, going out with the ambulance when he is able. “I love it,” he said. “This is probably my first career choice. Working with kids is my second choice.”
“You never really know what will happen,” Shayne said of serving on an ambulance. “You have to think on your toes. I enjoy helping people.”
 He credits his parents, Wayne and Jeanne Peck, for encouraging him in this field. Both his parents served as EMTs with Tusten Ambulance for many years. A friend also encouraged him to try it. “I wasn’t sure at first,” he said, but he found he really enjoyed it.
He hopes to attend a two year tech school or medical school after he graduates high school, to be a paramedic or an EMT. He’s started to look at schools.
Shayne loves the outdoors, he said. He enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as “hanging with friends and family.”
GOOD KIDS WANTED: If you know of a young person in the area who is a good role model or has made some good accomplishment, and would be willing to be interviewed, please call Peter Becker at (570)253-3055 or e-mail him at pbecker@wayneindependent.com.