Dec 6, 2012

Hero Cop Saves Woman with Dementia Who Wandered Away from Home

An 84-year-old woman with dementia is safe and alive after a brave and determined city police officer discovered her in a ditch and submerged in water.

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Officer Ryan Magee
The Hero
Lake Charles, Louisiana Police Officer Ryan Magee is a hero.

In this incredible story police officer Ryan Magee put his training and instincts to good use.

After talking to the woman's family he decided that the dementia patient couldn't have gone far.
"I noticed a drainage ditch and something just told me to stop, pull over and look in that drainage ditch. And I started walking the drainage ditch and I found her," Magee said.

Interestingly, the area had already been searched by family and neighbors of the woman. The difference here officer Magee decided to dig deeper. And then he found her, "partially submerged in ditch water, and shaking". In addition, her socks and robe were scattered in a field nearby as you will see in the video below.

"He's a hero. he didn't just take this as a case, he took it to heart. And for him to come back and see if she had been found and to go look where we had already looked, and look deeper, it was an awesome experience when he found her," said relative Bernadine Thomas.

Wandering can lead to death.

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

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