The Hopkinton Police Department announced Sunday evening that it had located an elderly man who had not returned home from a walk earlier in the day.
Edward O’Leary, who is 88 years old, was located at approximately 6:47 p.m. “in a swampy area of town off of Linden Street, by a canine unit,” the HPD stated in a press release. “The area was difficult to maneuver and both police and fire worked hard to extricate the party from the area. Once removed, the party was evaluated by Hopkinton paramedics and then transported to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester.”
Police indicated that they received a call at 3:50 p.m. from O’Leary’s son, who said O’Leary’s wife was concerned that her husband had not returned from his normal afternoon walk in the Legacy Farms area. The son told police that his father had some medical issues.
Personnel from Hopkinton Police and Hopkinton Fire were dispatched to the residence, where they established a command post. The HPD canine unit also immediately responded to assist in the search. Additional help came from the Ashland Police, Holliston Police, Milford Police K-9, Marlborough K-9 and the Massachusetts State Police K-9, as well as the District 14 Tech Rescue team.
Said HPD Chief Joseph Bennett: “I’m happy that the gentleman was found today, and this incident serves as an excellent test of our combined response to serious incidents. Inter-agency and interdisciplinary collaboration is critical to delivery of service at this high level. Additionally, the level of response from the community was a demonstration of the partnership between public safety and the community of which it serves.”