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Action of deputy may have saved a life
Welfare check found woman unresponsive

Around 12:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy was dispatched for a welfare check in the 19000 block of east K-Mine Road, Black Canyon City.

A hospital in Phoenix reported it was the address listed for an employee of theirs who had failed to show up for work that day, which was uncharacteristic of the employee, according to a YCSO news release.

The deputy arrived and spoke with the employee’s dad, who said his daughter hadn’t lived there for at least two years and was moving from apartment to apartment in the Phoenix area, according to the release. Because of this, she still used the Black Canyon City address for employment records instead of having to make address notifications with every move. Her dad, who was unsure of her current address, attempted to contact her via her cell phone, but it went to her voice mail. He noted that his daughter has diabetes, which was causing her problems lately.

The deputy began an extensive record check, which included contacting valley police agencies to locate an address for her, according to the release. During the search, her father called the deputy and provided what he thought might be the latest address – a home on 67th Avenue in Glendale.

The Glendale Police Department was asked to conduct a welfare check at the address. When they arrived at the apartment, the woman would not answer, according to the release. As a result, they entered the apartment and found her unresponsive. Emergency medical services personnel arrived shortly after to revive and treat her at the scene.

“The woman’s employer and father were notified that she would be ok,” said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher noted that the deputy’s effort to make sure this woman was located throughout his shift may have saved her life.


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