Dec 5, 2012 1:51 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Lake Charles officer rescues missing 84-year-old woman from ditch

A Lake Charles Police officer rescued an 84-year-old woman who was near hypothermia when he found her in a ditch. Around 8:15 this morning, Officer Tony Magee responded to a call on Shasta Street where family members were concerned about Mary Lou Roberts' whereabouts. "Officer Magee was advised by several family members that Ms. Roberts suffers from severe memory loss and that the family had already searched but was unable to locate her," Deputy Chief of Police Mark Kraus said.

After completing his report and entering the woman's information into the National Crime Information Center database, Magee, acting on a gut feeling, returned to the area and found Roberts in a large drainage ditch behind her home. She was partially submerged in the water, Kraus said. "Officer Magee then called for an ambulance, removed his duty belt, and crossed through the water to reach Ms. Roberts on the opposite side. Officer Magee observed where Ms. Roberts slid down the steep embankment. She was unable to pull herself out of the ditch due to mud and her weakened state," according to Kraus.

The department commends Magee for taking initiative. "He epitomizes the very essence of dedication, character, and integrity that this department strives to find in each officer it employs," Kraus said.




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