A homeless Vernon man will live to see 2014 — despite himself — thanks to extra efforts from emergency personnel.
On the afternoon of Dec. 23, paramedics with the B.C. Ambulance Service noticed the 55-year-old man staggering in a back alleyway.
The medical crew approached the man but he refused service.
Nonetheless, the professionals were worried so they phoned the Vernon RCMP.
The man was gone by the time police arrived but officers decided that since the temperature was dropping, he should be located for his own well-being.
As an officer asked another street person, he spotted the man just in the nick of time.
“Out of the corner of his eye he saw the person he was looking for fall into the creek and go in over his head,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “(He) could not have gotten out of the creek himself due to his intoxication.”
The officer quickly ran down the bank and with the help of a second member dragged him out of the creek.
The ambulance crew then did a quick assessment and took him to hospital.