If you ever wondered if carrying a pocket knife was worthwhile, a story like this has to put it in clear focus for you. Yes, it is worth carrying; someone’s life may actually depend on it — a bit dramatically put, but in this case entirely true.
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.
Our hats off and beers up to John, who had the foresight to carry a sharp knife with him just in case. Of course, the attendant should’ve thought better of working around large machines while wearing loose clothing around the neck — we would’ve thought that was a big, apparent no-no right from the get-go.