What Can You Do?
Master-at-Arms Uses Training to Save Child
It began like any other day for Chief Master-at-Arms Joseph Pellicano: the familiar routine of waking up, putting on his uniform and getting in his car to drive to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida.
He had no idea he would remember Jan. 16 for the rest of his life.
As he turned down a small road nearing the entrance to the base, everything stopped. Two cars had collided just moments earlier. A red pickup truck was smashed into the side of a small SUV, broken glass littered the road, steam and smoke filled the air, and cars slowed and stopped to observe the damage.
"Honestly, I was thinking about just going around," said Pellicano.
As he got closer to the scene, he saw something that changed his mind: A woman ran out from one of the damaged cars, blood on her head, screaming for help.
That's when Pellicano knew he needed to help. His career as a master-at-arms in the Navy had provided him with constant first aid and CPR training. As a result, he possessed the knowledge and preparation he needed to be more than just a bystander.
"I knew I had to stop and help out in any way I could," said Pellicano. "As a master-at-arms, we're trained in first aid, so I knew there was something I could do. I had no idea what I was stumbling into at the time."