SILVERLAKES – If it was not for the ‘You Are Not Alone” (YANA) program, an 85-year-old man may have been left helpless and alone while suffering a medical emergency recently. The YANA program is a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department program which conducts daily welfare checks for participants. Participants include elderly and disabled people who live alone. The program does not only offer welfare checks, but also provides companionship to these individuals.
On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Citizen Patrol Member Tom Couch works out of the Victor Valley Station and made his daily calls. One of the calls that he made was to an 85-year-old, Silverlakes man. The man did not answer the phone, so couch went to his home in the 14500 block of Lighthouse Lane to check on him. When he got to the home, at around 9:55 a.m. he knocked on the door but the man did not answer. Couch could hear moaning coming from inside. He immediately called for assistance from the fire and sheriff’s departments. The front door of the home was unlocked so Couch entered the home to check on the victim. When he walked in he found the victim lying on the floor suffering from an undisclosed medical emergency. Couch stood by the victim’s side until medical personnel arrived to transport the victim to the hospital.
If you would like to find out more about this program, please contact Staci Parks at Victor Valley Station (760) 552-6800.
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