Maine State Trooper Carries Elderly Man with Alzheimers to Safety After Finding Him in Ditch During Storm

By Peyton Phillips December 23, 2021
Maine State Police say the man was suffering from hypothermia, but is now recovering in the hospital.

State troopers in Maine found an 82-year-old man with Alzheimer’s in a ditch on the side of the road early Wednesday morning. Authorities were responding to a report of an elderly man that had wandered away from home. They found the man around 5 a.m. in Vassalboro, Maine lying in a ditch, suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite.

Dash camera video footage shows trooper Tyler Harrington finding the man, Bernard Perry, and carrying him across the freshly plowed road back to his cruiser. The man was unable to walk on his own due to his condition after being caught in the snow storm.

After carrying the man back to the cruiser, Harrington waited for an ambulance to arrive. Perry was transported to Maine General Hospital in Augusta, where police said he is recovering from his injuries.

“We are grateful Bernard Perry was found in a timely manner and is recuperating,” Main State Police wrote on its Facebook page in sharing the video. “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.” 

Image source: Maine State Police