As Spartan Nurse Penny Pittard Maroldo, CON BSN ’70, witnessed a fatal car crash, she knew that the victim needed aid. Without even thinking, she jumped out and ran to the car hoping to get him out of his vehicle and start CPR, but she could not get the door open. The window was open a few inches—just enough so she could touch his arm. He was breathing, and he had a pulse.
Waiting for the police and ambulance to arrive, she stayed with him, her hand on his arm, telling him she would not leave him alone. A few moments later, he took his last breath and passed away with a Spartan Nurse comforting him on a six-lane highway that summer morning of 2001.