An 81-year-old man wandered away from Cobb Health Care nursing home recently and was found unharmed in a yard on Paoli Road nearly five hours later, roughly a mile from the nursing home.
Madison County commission chairman Anthony Dove spoke Aug. 5, praising all who helped search for the man.
Volunteer agencies responded included Madison County Rescue, the Comer Volunteer Fire Department, the Georgia Piedmont Region K-9 Search and Rescue, the ALPHA team K9 search and rescue, the TS rescue.
Paid agencies responding included Madison County 911 Center, the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, the Madison County Emergency Medical Services, the city of Comer, the Comer Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Madison County Coroner’s office, the Madison County Code Enforcement Office, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia State Patrol and GEMA.
Dove read a statement from John D. Bridges, EMA Director for Madison County, concerning the response to the missing person call.
“I have said it before and I will say it again; we have some of the best, if not the best, group of volunteers anywhere in the state (country) to respond to emergency calls,” said Bridges. “These volunteers also have an excellent working relationship with our paid local and state agencies. We all come together as a team in time of need and get the job done. I am very proud of all our volunteers and proud to be a part of such a dedicated team. I know most of the citizens in our county never see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen. All the meetings, the planning and training that they do to stay trained and prepared to respond to incidents as volunteers is an invaluable asset that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. This county cannot afford to pay for the services that volunteers provide. I think we should give them a pat on the back and say ‘thank you’ every chance we get.”