|Posted by Joe B. Nester on February 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM|
For most people, going without power for a day or two is unpleasant but not life threating. That is not the case for the elderly who maybe depending on power for medical devices such as oxygen, heat for their home, water from a pump, or because they are more susceptible to falling in a dark home. The cold snap that accompanied the recent ice storm would have plunged inside temperatures into the low 40’s in an older home if there was no heat available.
Jenny Dennis, Volunteer Coordinator for Agapé Hospice in Sumter was so thankful for the hard work and quick response from the Sumter Police Department. Agapé Hospice had several patients in the Sumter area that had lost power. One patient was a 103 year old former school teacher that had never been married and had no family to help her. Her caregivers had recently started to help her on a 24/7 basis and when it appeared the power would be off for days rather than hours Jenny made a call to the police for help.
Within an hour the police responded with warm blankets and a gas heater to help fend off the cold. The first responders were given a list of addresses for other hospice patients in the area and they agreed to check in on them also. Jenny had this to say about her experience with the Sumter Police, “Agapé Hospice in Sumter is lucky to have such dedicated first responders like the Sumter Police. To those who protect and put their lives in danger daily I say hats off.”