Early in the morning, Trooper Tyler Harrington was beginning his shift when he learned that an 82-year-old man had vanished during a winter storm.
In the latter part of December, an ice storm caused Bernard Perry, an Alzheimer’s patient, to become lost and stray from his Vassalboro, Maine, home.
Just after five in the morning, his distraught wife called 911 to report her husband missing.
At that point, Trooper Harrington jumped in to offer assistance. He said, “Fortunately, Mr. Perry lives only four miles from my place.
Although the roadways were coated in snow and ice, Trooper Tyler Harrington stopped a plow driver and asked him if he had seen an elderly guy strolling nearby.
“I followed the plow truck driver over and asked him to show me where he had last seen him. The plow truck driver gave a rough direction. I could see Mr. Perry off the road in the ditch with my flashlight,” he claimed.
The older man could not speak and was experiencing severe hypothermia and frostbite by the time the trooper reached him. The older man was roughly a quarter of a mile from his home and had been in the ditch for around 90 minutes.
He stated, “I’m not sure how much longer he would have had.”
“He could not walk. I had questioned his hearing. According to Trooper Harrington, he produced a groaning noise that made me think I would have to carry him to safety.
Bernard received a blanket while the officer brought him to his car. He was then brought to a hospital to recover.
Trooper Harrington downplayed the importance of his that night’s bravery.
“Ultimately, being in the proper location at the appropriate moment. Any one of us—law enforcement officers or civilians would have acted exactly as I did, he claimed.
It’s good that Trooper Harrington located this individual quickly because the outcome might have been different.
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