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Photo: Officer takes elderly man to hospital to visit sick wife

When 84-year-old Roger Baker didn’t have a ride to get to the hospital, Deputy Chief Jason Bentley answered the call


By PoliceOne Staff

MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania officer is being praised for his kindness after helping an elderly man visit his sick wife at a hospital.

WNEP reports that Montoursville Deputy Chief Jason Bentley received a call Thursday about a man, 84-year-old Roger Baker, who needed a ride to the hospital. Baker’s wife of more than 60 years suffered a medical emergency, and Baker had no friends or family to take him to her.

Bentley drove the elderly man to the hospital and noticed Baker struggling to walk.

 

We were sent a picture of Deputy Chief Bentley helping an elderly man into UPMC Susquehanna. The man's wife went to the...

Posted by Montoursville Police Department on Thursday, April 19, 2018

"When he got out of my patrol car at the hospital, he held onto the side of the car for about a minute. I didn't realize it was that bad, so I grabbed his hands and started to walk him in," Bentley said.

The Montoursville PD snapped a photo of the officer assisting Baker, which went viral. The department said they shared the photo to make their community feel comfortable calling for help no matter what the situation is.

"With this gentleman here, he mentioned on his way to the hospital that there have been a couple of times where his wife has fallen down and instead of calling 911, he went out to the road and flagged someone down and paid them $10 to help pick her up. I said, 'just call 911; it's what we do,’” Bentley said.

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