Hengshan Township Police Relentlessly Escorts Anemic Old Man Home Six Times
“I'm sorry, police officer, my dad disappeared again!” On February 26, 2016, Officer Shih (施承佑), who was serving duty from 10 pm to 12 am, received a phone call to report a case. On the other end of the phone came a familiar voice, Mr. Luo from Miaoli County (羅O宏), who reported the disappearance of his father 6 times already since February. Because of his work, Mr. Luo moved to a rental apartment on Dongning Road in Zhudong Township. Worried that no one can attend to his anemic father (羅O榮) living alone in the countryside, Mr. Luo brought his father back to his apartment so he can better take care of his father. However, his father’s mental conditions aggravated, and since February, his father frequently got lost while going out alone to pick up recyclables.
Coincidentally, every time Luo’s father got lost, the old man was passing Zhulin Bridge, getting lost in the Qionglin area. Every time, he collapsed due to fatigue either on a traffic island, on the roadside, or underneath trees. Whenever a pedestrian passed by and reported to the Hengshan Township Police, the police would bring the old man back to the station, and using a “facial recognition system”, to be able to contact the families of the lost old man, safely returning him back home. This time, Luo’s father fell asleep again in the Qionglin area, next to a large ditch. Afraid that he might accidently fall into the ditch, the Qionglin police officer immediately contacted Officer Hsieh (謝福忠) and Officer Liu (劉東海) to arrive to the scene, carefully wake up the old man, and bring him back to the station. The officer on duty, Officer Shih, immediately recognized him as the old man who got lost multiple times. This time, Mr. Luo couldn’t find his father upon returning home, and intuition told him that his father probably got lost again in the Qionglin area, so he called for help from the Hengshan Township Police Precinct. As he expected, the Qionglin Police found the lost old man soon after. Mr. Luo, apologetic for the trouble caused to the Hengshan Police, was extremely grateful for their help.
Chang, I-Chen (張益禎), the Chief of the Hengshan Township Police Precinct, remarked, “Since taking office, I repeatedly emphasized the importance of serving the people. Even though Mr. Luo’s father suffered from memory loss and repeatedly got lost in the Qionglin area, Officers Hsieh, Liu, and Shih upheld the spirit of service and empathy – worried for the safety of the old man and his anxious family members – and safely returned the old man home. Their actions deserve to be looked up to by their colleagues. For the people’s safety and needs, the Hengshan Township Police Precinct will always be there for you!”