Officers assist confused elderly man from Phoenix

Officers assisted a confused elderly man at the Circle K by Firth Park.

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SAFFORD – Police officers in Safford not only fight crime but wear a variety of hats to serve the public.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, officers assisted a confused, Spanish-speaking elderly man who is from the Phoenix area.

According to a Safford Police report, an officer was dispatched at about 3:09 p.m. to the Circle K at 1123 W. Thatcher Blvd. regarding a man who was lying on the ground with his head behind the tire of another customer’s vehicle.

Upon arrival, the officer was directed to the man who was now sitting in his green, Chevy Blazer. The store employee advised that the man appeared to be confused.

The officer contacted the elderly man and after noticing he only spoke Spanish requested an officer fluent in the language respond to the scene. A Pima officer then arrived and translated.

The Pima officer advised that the man was confused and thought he was still in Phoenix and kept talking about his vehicle’s motor. The man was then transported to Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

After contacting the Phoenix Police Department, the man’s family was notified of the situation, and the Blazer was secured at the scene with the keys held at the Safford Police Department.

The following day, the officer was informed that the man’s family had been contacted and they were responding to Safford to retrieve the man and his vehicle.      

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