On Wednesday August 20, 2003 Milagros Milly Rodriguez age 40 passed away. Milly was a FedEx driver that covered the same territory as me. Milly had been under a large amount of stress lately, FedEx had been threatening her (and others) with layoffs and other disciplinary action. Milly and other FedEx drivers told me stories of how the company would lay them off for the day and hire a Taxi company to complete their deliveries. Milly arrived at work Wednesday morning feeling ill and asked for the day off, her request was met with anger. A few minutes later she collapsed. Employees were ordered to not touch her and an ambulance was called. Two part time employees in the building were certified EMTs, they were forbidden from attempting to give aid. Milly was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Early reports indicate a brain aneurysm as the cause. Milly was a single parent and leaves behind 3 children, 13, 16, and 21. She was very proud of her sons and that she had just purchased her first home. Milly was a great person and her customers loved her dearly. We liked to have lunch at the same fast food joint, Ill miss the jokes about our trucks fighting in the parking lot. Milly called everyone Sweetie, Milly, that word describes you too. FedEx (or UPS for that matter) would just have to fire me, Im certified in CPR and I will try to help a person in need. Ill let the local news media help me get the job back.