On April 29, 2024, officers from the Fairview Heights Police Department responded to a residence to conduct a welfare check on an elderly male who had not been in contact with any family members for the past three days and who had recently been ill.

Officers saw the individual’s vehicles in the driveway and the residence was locked. Despite exhaustive attempts to establish contact by knocking on doors, there was no response from within.

After repeated attempts, officers were eventually able to make phone contact with the elderly male. During the conversation, officers noticed concerning signs indicating a potential medical emergency. The individual displayed delayed responses to questions, provided answers that did not cohere, and exhibited indecipherable speech.

Recognizing the situation’s urgency and with the family’s authorization, the officers took decisive action to ensure the individual received prompt medical attention. Officers utilized appropriate protocols to force entry into the residence, enabling them to provide immediate medical care to the individual. Subsequently, the elderly male was transferred to a local hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation.

The swift response and decisive actions of the Fairview Heights Police Department underscore its commitment to the well-being and safety of all community members.

Additionally, the Fairview Heights Police Department commends the family members for their crucial role in this situation. Their prompt action in contacting the authorities to check on their elderly loved one upon sensing something was wrong was pivotal in ensuring he received timely assistance.

This incident serves as a reminder to the public to remember family members or friends who live alone and to check in on them frequently, particularly those who may be more vulnerable or isolated. Simple acts of reaching out can have a significant impact on ensuring the well-being of your loved ones and our community members.

Fairview Heights Police Department