Police, Firefighters Rescue Woman in Distress

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – An elderly woman living in the 200 block of Walnut Ridge Estates, whom Lower Pottsgrove police said was in apparent medical distress and unable to get out of bed, was rescued Tuesday (May 26, 2020) shortly after 11:28 a.m. by officers and other first responders alerted to a potential problem at the home.

Police Chief Michael Foltz, among those who rushed to the scene, said a third party had called the home to conduct a wellness check and received no response on the phone. They in turn made calls that brought out several police patrol units, two Goodwill ambulances, Ringing Hill Fire Company’s tower truck, and fire police vehicles. Sanatoga Fire Company volunteers also responded.

Police, Firefighters Rescue Woman in Distress

The home’s door was locked, so police used a ladder (above) to reach a second-floor bedroom. There an officer saw the woman through a closed window, lying in bed. “She couldn’t get up,” the chief said, “and it was obvious there was some kind of medical issue.” Goodwill personnel arrived only moments later to transport her.

Firefighters had to force their way through the locked front door so others could reach the woman and carry her downstairs.

Police, Firefighters Rescue Woman in Distress

The woman seemed to be alert and briefly talking at times with emergency medical services technicians. The chief indicated details about her identity and condition were unlikely to be available until reports were compiled.

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