Cooperation between local, county and state authorities resulted in the safe return of an elderly woman last week.
The Burt County Sheriff’s Office received a report about the missing woman at about 12 noon on Tuesday, Aug. 6. After finding her vehicle abandoned, the sheriff’s office called in help from the Oakland and Lyons fire departments as well as from two spray pilots who were working in the area.
The Nebraska State Patrol provided additional air support from one of their helicopters. The NSP pilot helped locate the woman who was lying in a field about a mile from where her vehicle was found.
At about 8 p.m., the helicopter landed and the pilot found the woman was conscious but unable to move. She was then carried back to the helicopter and flown to meet a waiting ambulance and transported to the hospital in Oakland where she was reported to be in stable condition last week.
Burt County Sheriff Bob Pickell said the effort was a great example of what teamwork can do.
“I want to thank all the agencies, fire and rescue companies and the friends and neighbors who responded and assisted in the search,” he said. “Without this concerted effort the outcome could have been a lot worse.”
NSP Superintendent Col. John Bolduc called it an example of the teamwork shown every day by first responders in the state.
“From the information gathered by the sheriff’s office to the aerial search by the NSP helicopter to the care provided by Oakland Fire and Rescue, this was a team effort that brought about a great outcome,” Bolduc said.