On September 19, the Campbell Police Department embarked on a race against time to find a missing 84-year-old man. Suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's, he had been missing for approximately 5-6 hours, with no access to any form of communication or transportation, according to the Campbell Police Department.
Our CPD officers & Drone Team used cutting-edge technology to swiftly locate a missing elderly man. Our commitment to community safety shines through innovation. ✨— Campbell Police (@CampbellPolice) September 21, 2023
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A coordinated effort was launched by the police officers and dispatchers, led by the specialized Drone Team. Searching across Campbell, they reached out to nearby healthcare facilities, local parks, and trails in an attempt to locate the elderly gentleman. The drone technology deployed by the Campbell Police proved instrumental in the search, providing invaluable information and aiding in a prompt and efficient resolution.
As reported by the Campbell Police Department, around 1:30 a.m., the drone pilot spotted the gentleman lying on the shoulder of Highway 17. Swiftly responding to the drone's discovery, the officers rescued the man, subsequently assessing his minor injuries before transporting him to a local hospital for further care.
Chief Gary Berg applauded the effort, stating that the successful rescue exemplified their "unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of our community members."