• Feb 13th 2009 at 8:28AM
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Golden Nozzle car wash customer John A. O'Leary was riding through the car wash when he noticed something was terribly wrong. Yards away, fighting for her life inside the car wash was 19-year-old employee Stephanie Carpluk. The lone attendant had taken a short-cut through the car rails and her scarf had become ensnared in one of the wash's rotating mechanical brushes. The machinery had pulled the scarf tightly around her neck and was quickly strangling her. Unable to free herself, Carpluk passed out. Within seconds, O'Leary sprung from his car and pulled out a pocket knife that he was carrying and cut her free. Noticing she wasn't breathing, he began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until Carpluk could once again breath on her own... undeniably saving the young woman's life.

The courageous car wash customer is quite modest about his heroic act. He's been carrying the pocket knife since high school and he last took CPR training in the 1970s. "If she required anything more, she would have been in trouble because I didn't know anything more," said O'Leary after the incident. Carpluk, with a deep red welt around her neck and two black eyes, will spend a few days in the hospital but she is expected to recover fully. While she's apparently been wearing that scarf to work every day, we think she'll wisely leave it out of her wardrobe in the future. Thanks for the tip Edsel!

[Source: Masslive.com, Photo by Jeffrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's not forget that she is 19 years old. At that age, our thinking is not as clear as it should be. We've all done stupid stuff like humm...drive at excessive speeds in light of the repercussions of crashing...all of us car enthusiast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. I still slap myself in the face when I read of such heroism to remind myself that these acts of unconditional kindness and courage can still occur in this day and age!
      Sir, hats (and scarves) off to you!
      • 6 Years Ago
      yes !
      he is a modern hero, even if he doesn't drive a batmobile.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I was her boss, I'd fire her for her stupidity. She had no business taking a short cut through the car wash with or without the scarf. Now her boss is probably going to be stuck with her medical bills and have to pay her workman's comp despite the fact the accident was HER fault. I just hope the idiot doesn't try to sue the car wash for what was clearly HER fault.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope this girl plays her cards right and gets a decent lawyer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a sad to say, but he could be successfully sued for any injury he may have caused as a result of his actions in her resuscitation. Keep your Red Cross CPR/First Aid card current to avoid your legal exposure to ungrateful survivors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "If she required anything more, she would have been in trouble because I didn't know anything more," said O'Leary after the incident. He could cut her throat and put a tube it it and she should start breathing, In this case he didn't have one, maybe he could keep it open with his fingers?
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you a hero if you save a drowning child? Umm... yes.

      Well done John O'Leary. Have a couple on me.

      Oh yeah: Golden Nozzle. Freakin' hilarious.
      Thanks for the good story, guys.
        • 6 Years Ago

        There are 2 types of rescuers;

        Heros, and almost-heros.

        Just because most people INTEND to save someone does not make them a hero. This guy SUCCEEDED.

        Quick reactions and threw himself into harm's way. The other alternative is that he could have allowed one or both of them to be killed, by being a fool himself.

        Side note: anyone find the victim's name "Car Pluck" a little ironic in this case?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Brave of him.... will others do the same thing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      KILL THE SCARF !!!!

      This man is awesome...some people would stand there and be like "OMG OMG"
      • 6 Years Ago
      a$$ hole
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