Incomplete 911 call prompts officers to find an unresponsive man at 2 am


Cottage Grove, OR October 3 - On September 29, 2022 at about 2:30 am, the Cottage Grove Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of East Main Street in Cottage Grove in response to an incomplete 911 call from a resident. The caller was very hard to understand but the Cottage Grove Police Dispatcher was able to determine it was a possible medical emergency and felt the caller was trying to request medical assistance. The dispatcher immediately sent Cottage Grove police officers who requested medics respond and stand by until the scene was determined to be safe. 

Upon arriving at the location, the officers had to make their way past a locked outer perimeter door and then knocked and announced themselves multiple times at the primary door of the residence. After receiving no response, and based on the information they had of a possible medical emergency, the officers forced entry into the residence for community caretaking purposes. 

Inside the residence officers located a sixty-five (65) year old patient who was lying on the ground unable to move, and was breathing, but not able to talk. The Cottage Grove Police dispatcher had also remained on the line with the victim to monitor the situation and provide reassurance until officers arrived.

The officers had medics come in immediately so they could render medical care. The victim was eventually transported to an area hospital. Based on the medical nature of the incident and the need for victim privacy, no additional details are being released regarding the victim. The Cottage Grove Police Department is committed to keeping their community safe and routinely responds to possible or actual medical emergencies in Cottage Grove to render aid or to assist South Lane Fire and Rescue.

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