Wed. Feb 26th, 2020

A Monmouth police officer is credited with saving a woman after she was reported missing during a snowstorm late Sunday night.Sgt. Dana Wessling was on duty when a call came in at 11 p.m. about the woman, who had been missing for several hours.”We need to find her. It’s snowing really heavily. It’s cold out. So we have a limited amount of time before she gets hurt,” Wessling said.He said he was driving in snowy conditions with an officer in training when he spotted tracks in the snow along a back road at the edge of town.”At first, I thought they were just deer tracks, which we see all the time, and I say, ‘You know, I have to stop and check this,’ so I jammed on the brakes, put it in reverse,” Wessling said.He found her crawling on her hands and knees toward the woods along the road.”Looked out my driver window with my flashlight, and I saw her or a person crawling on their hands and knees about 25 yards from the road,” Wessling said.He said she was having a mental health crisis and was several miles from home. Wessling said the woman was showing signs of hypothermia.Wessling said he wanted to share the story because he wants people to know these situations can have good outcomes.”My one thing is that I want to make a difference. Used to be the blue lights and the guns and all the excitement, but it’s more about making a difference. If I can do that with one person, one shift, that makes me happy,” Wessling said.Officials said the woman’s family took her to a hospital. Police said they were not sure how she was doing but planned to check on her later this week.

MONMOUTH, Maine —

A Monmouth police officer is credited with saving a woman after she was reported missing during a snowstorm late Sunday night.

Sgt. Dana Wessling was on duty when a call came in at 11 p.m. about the woman, who had been missing for several hours.

“We need to find her. It’s snowing really heavily. It’s cold out. So we have a limited amount of time before she gets hurt,” Wessling said.

He said he was driving in snowy conditions with an officer in training when he spotted tracks in the snow along a back road at the edge of town.

“At first, I thought they were just deer tracks, which we see all the time, and I say, ‘You know, I have to stop and check this,’ so I jammed on the brakes, put it in reverse,” Wessling said.

He found her crawling on her hands and knees toward the woods along the road.

“Looked out my driver window with my flashlight, and I saw her or a person crawling on their hands and knees about 25 yards from the road,” Wessling said.

He said she was having a mental health crisis and was several miles from home. Wessling said the woman was showing signs of hypothermia.

Wessling said he wanted to share the story because he wants people to know these situations can have good outcomes.

“My one thing is that I want to make a difference. Used to be the blue lights and the guns and all the excitement, but it’s more about making a difference. If I can do that with one person, one shift, that makes me happy,” W

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