• 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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