Spokane Valley deputies, responding to a missing at-risk adult, located a male in the remote Dishman Hills Natural Area on Saturday.
The man was cold, very disoriented and in critical need of medical assistance. With the aid of Spokane Valley Fire personnel, the male was provided medical care, carried out of the area on a litter to an awaiting AMR ambulance and transported to a hospital for additional treatment, said Deputy Mark Gregory, sheriff’s spokesman.
At approximately 7 p.m., Spokane Valley sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a missing 78-year-old male who was not dressed for the weather, depressed, not wearing his needed hearing aids and was reportedly without his needed medication.
With temperatures dropping below freezing and information the male was last seen wearing only a long sleeve shirt, jeans and boots, deputies began searching the local area.
Knowing the male liked to walk in the Dishman Hills area, Deputy Overbay and Deputy Wallace decided to check the isolated area on foot. After searching approximately up to three quarters of a mile in on the trail, they heard a cry for help.
Searchers moved toward the voice and located the male lying on the ground. He was very confused and unable to speak in full sentences. The deputies requested a Spokane Valley Fire response as they continued to monitor the male’s condition.
Spokane Valley Fire personnel quickly arrived and provided additional medical aid. Due to the male’s extremely poor medical condition, he was placed in a litter and carried out of the remote area to an ambulance and transported to a hospital for an evaluation and additional medical treatment.
As of earlier this week, the male is still hospitalized but he is listed in satisfactory condition.
“With temperatures throughout the evening hovering around freezing, along with his poor medical condition, disorientation and lack of warm clothing, we are extremely thankful our deputies determined a possible location and began searching for him on foot, locating him a short time later,” Gregory said. “This, coupled with the quick response of Spokane Valley Fire personnel, allowed him to receive the medical treatment he desperately needed, probably saving his life.”