EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) – A quick-thinking customer saved the life of a 19-year-old car wash worker who lost consciousness when her scarf got caught on a spinning scrubber brush and began strangling her.

The Republican newspaper of Springfield reported John O’Leary jumped out of a vehicle moving on car wash rails and used his pocketknife to cut Stephanie Carpluk of Chicopee from the spinner on Sunday. O’Leary, a state wildlife biologist from Southampton, used mouth-to-mouth resusitation skills he learned in the 1970s to revive her.


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