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Officer pulls elderly Lake Charles woman from water

Last Modified: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:36 PM

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An 84-year-old Lake Charles with severe memory loss was rescued from a large ditch by a Lake Charles police officer.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Mary Lou Roberts, 623 Shasta St., was reported missing around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Kraus said Officer Tony Magee was the first person on the scene.

“Officer Magee was advised by several family members that Ms. Roberts suffers from severe memory loss and that the family had already searched but was unable to locate her,” Kraus said Wednesday in a news release. “On a gut feeling, Officer Magee went back to the area and began searching a large drainage ditch behind Ms. Robert’s residence.

“Officer Magee walked along the edge of the ditch and located Ms. Roberts partially submerged in the ditch water. Officer Magee then called for an ambulance and crossed through the water to reach Ms. Roberts on the opposite side. Ms. Roberts was nearly in a hypothermic state.

“The Lake Charles Police Department is proud to commend Officer Magee for his bravery and initiative during this grave situation. He epitomizes the very essence of dedication, character, and integrity that this department strives to find in each officer it employs.”

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