HAZLETON, Pa. -- On Thursday, June 13th, at approximately 3:23 in the afternoon, Hazleton Police officers under the Command of Sergeant Kirk Wetzel responded to the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton for a report of an elderly male that had walked away from the hospital.
It was determined that a 75 year old man from Beaver Meadows was brought to the hospital for treatment.
The male walked away from the hospital and was last seen walking on the Club 40 Road off of West Broad Street.
The missing male is required to be on oxygen and witnesses observed him throwing his oxygen tank into the wooded area.
The male was also reported to be confused and disoriented. There was also concern for dehydration due to the high temperatures.
Hazleton City Police Officers were assisted by members of the Hazleton City Fire Department and Hazle Township Fire Department and an extensive search was undertaken.
After approximately two hours, the male was located by the officers and appeared to be in good health.
The male was extremely disoriented and possibly dehydrated.
At the time, he made statements about wanting to harm himself and was subsequently transported out of the wooded area by officers to the hospital to be medically cleared and to be evaluated due to the statements that he had made to officers.
Chief of Police, Jerry Speziale, issued the following statement:
"The teamwork between the agencies unleashed the power of the many and safely returned this elderly male."