Maine State Trooper Finds Missing Elderly Man And Carries Him To Safety


Photo: Maine State Police (Facebook)

VASSALBORO, Maine. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A state trooper from Maine is being hailed as a hero after safely recovering a missing man.

On Wednesday, Maine State Police responded to a call around 5:00 a.m. about an elderly man with Alzheimer’s who wandered away from his home in Vassalboro. Police said a snow plow trucker driver, who was in the area, saw an elderly man walking around early in the morning during a snow storm.

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Trooper Tyler Harrington was able to find the man, identified at 82-year-old Bernard Perry, in a ditch on Mudget Hill Road. Police said that Perry was suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite

Dashcam footage showed Harrington carrying Perry to his cruiser where they waited for an ambulance. Perry was taken to Maine General Hospital in Augusta where he is said to be recovering.

“We are grateful Bernard Perry was found in a timely manner and is recuperating,” Maine State Police said. “We are also thankful for Trooper Harrington, Maine State Police Troopers and all Law Enforcement Officers in Maine who do an exceptional job protecting the citizens of Maine and all those who visit our great state.”

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After posting the video of Trooper Harrington, people have been showing their gratitude and praise.

“Thank you Trooper Harrington,” one person wrote on Facebook. “Our State Troopers don't get the recognition they deserve. None of our law enforcement gets the recognition they deserve. Thank you all and be safe during this holiday season.”

Another person commented, “What a true hero Trooper Harrington is! How lucky are we to have him part of Maine Law Enforcement!”

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