I reported on Bobby Petrocelli, originally of New York, who lost his wife Ava to a drunk driver who crashed into his Texas home. He told his story to Pennsylvania State Police and Chester County municipal police officers. Ava was trapped, still alive, under the drunk driver’s truck.
“You guys and girls know this greater than anybody, life does not happen and change in one day, life happens and changes in one moment,” Petrocelli said. After he was treated at the hospital for his injuries, Petrocelli learned that Ava died at their house. “I knew at that moment the life I once knew would never be the same again.”
Petrocelli later heard that one of the other paramedics from that night had committed suicide years later because she was so distraught that she could not save Ava.
|Photo by Vinny Tennis, Daily Local News - Bobby Petrocelli speaks to Pennsylvania State Police and Chester County police officers about the night he lost his wife Ava to a drunk driver. Petrocelli, also injured in the crash, now speaks to first-responders to encourage them to seek help after they respond to a traumatic experience.|
Petrocelli now speaks to first-responders to urge them to confide in each other when they need help. He told the officers to find a way to cope. He encouraged the police to talk with someone when overwhelmed by what they have experienced. A person of faith, Petrocelli urged them to talk, pray and even cry with someone about it.