Dash cam captures Maine state trooper carrying missing man to safety during storm
Missing man was located in a ditch on a local road
VASSALBORO, Maine - A dash camera installed in a Maine State Police cruiser captured the moment when a trooper carried a missing man to safety during a winter storm early Wednesday morning.
In a Facebook post, Maine State Police said they received a report of an 82-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease who had wandered away from his home in the town of Vassalboro around 5 a.m.
State police said they began to search the area and gathered information from a town plow driver who spotted a man in the area during the storm.
Trooper Tyler Harrington was eventually able to locate the man, later identified as Bernard Perry, in a ditch on a local road.
State police said Perry was suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite. He was unable to walk, so Harrington carried him to his cruiser, where he stayed until an ambulance arrived.
Perry was taken to a local hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.
"We are grateful Bernard Perry was found in a timely manner and is recuperating," Maine State Police said in the Facebook post. "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."