Sheriff: Elderly man saved from almost freezing to death doing well

COBLESKILL, N.Y. — An elderly man rescued from his freezing rural home by first responders is recovering well at a local hospital.

Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond said he paid the unidentified elderly man a visit at Cobleskill Regional Hospital on Wednesday.

He said the 76-year-old man was found Tuesday at his remote Summit home suffering from frostbite, hypothermia, and dehydration.

Neighbors noticed Tuesday that smoke had stopped coming from the pipe on the man's roof. A disoriented, garbled call from the man to a neighbor was another cause for alarm. The neighbor called police.

Desmond said the man is doing much better, but doctors say he requires further medical attention.

The Director for the County Office for the Aging said they would have helped out with food and heating assistance, but they have no records of the man ever requesting any help.

She said resistance to help is not that uncommon.

She says this story is a rare one, but it underscores the importance of checking in on our more vulnerable neighbors — especially during winter.


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