Vienna Councilman Robert W. Robinson is a quiet guy, uneasy with talk of heroics.

So he may have been a little uncomfortable last week when the Vienna Town Council gave him a special thanks for doing the council proud.

Robinson, a volunteer firefighter, stopped at the scene of a car accident early last month and gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to John G. Stephenson, 19, of Fairfax County.

"Bob is very modest," said Marie Kisner, the town's public relations director. "Nobody probably ever would have known about this if a witness hadn't called the town clerk and said, 'You must be proud of Councilman Robinson.' He saved the guy's life. He cared enough to stop and that says a lot."

A week before the council presented Robinson a resolution of appreciation, Stephenson's father, Beverly , appeared before the members. The elder Stephenson, an attorney, said he is "forever thankful he (Robinson) was willing to do what he did."

Young Stephenson was thrown from his car when it went off an I-66 exit ramp and flipped over. Robinson saw the accident, pulled over to help and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until a rescue squad arrived.

Stephenson is in stable condition in Fairfax Hospital, recovering from a crushed diaphragm and spleen, head and face cuts, and a broken hip and pelvis. "He has been removed from intensive care, but he still requires constant attention," Beverly Stephenson said.