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Volunteer Firefighters from the Chapel Oaks Fire/EMS Station 838 assisted in locating a subject of a Silver Alert.
Just before departing the station on Friday evening, November 11, at about 10:30 pm, to make a run to a nearby convenience store, firefighters heard Public Safety Communication Dispatchers broadcast a “Silver Alert” issued by the Montgomery County Police Department. This was the second broadcast of the alert and firefighters made note of the “brown Ford Crown Victoria” that missing person was last seen driving.
Engine 838 pulled into the 7-11 store located on Eastern Avenue and Addison Road, just across the Maryland and D.C. border. While there a citizen had noticed a male acting strangely and alerted 911 which soon led to the notification of firefighters.
While evaluating the situation one of the firefighters noticed the brown Ford Crown Victoria and realized the male occupant was the subject of the Silver Alert. The mans medical condition was assessed by firefighters who determined he did not require immediate medical care. They used their 2-way portable radio to summon the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department. MPDC arrived quickly and awaited the arrival of the Montgomery County Police Department that assumed custody of the individual. Officers soon reunited the missing man with his family.
Job Well Done to Chapel Oaks Volunteer Firefighters Christian Whiting, Darrel Campbell, Brian Burnette, Brian Purnell, and observer Mylisha Jackson. The crews observation and remembering key points to a lookout for a missing person is yet another example that Amber and Silver Alerts work.
This was the second Silver Alert search that a Prince George’s County Firefighter found the subject. In May 2013 a West Lanham Hills Volunteer Firefighter recognized the missing person based on a description that was broadcast.
ORIGINAL SILVER ALERT
Police Seek Help Locating Missing Rockville Man
Detectives from the 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help in locating a man missing from Rockville.
According to police, Stanley Lee Fries, age 83, of the 4300 block of Flower Valley Drive in Rockville, was last seen Nov. 7 at approximately 1:00 p.m. at the Hershey’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg (17030 Oakmont Avenue).
Police describe Fries as a white male, 5’9″ tall, and weighing approximately 140 pounds.
According to police, he was last seen wearing a light colored khaki jacket, khaki pants, and an unknown color tweed hat. Fries was last seen driving a brown, 2003 Ford Crown Victoria with Maryland tags: VBR257.
Police and family are concerned because Fries suffers from dementia.
A Silver Alert has been activated regarding Fries’ disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding Fries’ whereabouts is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000. Anyone who sees Fries’ vehicle is asked to call 911. http://pgfdpio.blogspot.com/2013/05/silver-alert-man-found-by-compassionate.html