New Peters bride in wedding dress revives woman on a Pittsburgh bench

June 12, 2016
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Andrew Nixon and Julie Stroyne
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Peters Township High School graduate Julie Stroyne attends to an unconscious woman in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday night after her wedding reception.

A new bride who graduated from Peters Township High School kicked off her high heels while still wearing her wedding gown and revived a woman Saturday who was found unconscious on a Pittsburgh bench.

Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse at UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, said she revived the woman who was on a bench near Westin Convention Center on Liberty Avenue.

“That’s something I’ll never forget,” said Stroyne, who was walking at the time with her new husband, Andrew Nixon, from their wedding reception held at The Pennsylvanian at 1100 Liberty Ave.

“There’s no time off,” said the 2010 Peters graduate who was a tennis standout in high school.

Her sister, Kaitlyn Stroyne, said a bystander at the time said the woman who appeared to be in her early 20s didn’t have a pulse.

“My sister got down on her knees and immediately began CPR,” Kaitlyn Stroyne said.

“Everyone around us was saying, ‘The bride saved the day,’” she said.

The Stroynes did not get the name or condition of the woman who was taken away by ambulance.

“Once the paramedics stepped in, we kind of stepped back,” Julie Stroyne said.

Her new husband is a 2008 Peters Township High School graduate.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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