SAN FRANCISCO—Two Richmond Station’s Midnight Watch officers have been recognized for rescuing an elderly woman who had been trapped in her sofa bed frame for over 12 hours.
According to a press release from the San Francisco Police Department, Officer McFall and Officer Cuthbertson regularly check up on the 84-year-old woman they have befriended. Police noted that she has no family in the area and lives by herself.
The officers last saw her when they delivered Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day. They then checked up on her again on November 27, but the woman did not answer her door. The two officers did hear her inside faintly calling out to them, according to SFPD.
Once they entered into her home, they found the woman’s sofa bed frame had cracked causing her to fall through and become trapped. She had already been stuck for over 12 hours at this point. If the officers had not checked up on her, she may have been stuck until her weekly help home visit that was still four days away, police noted.
The woman was taken to the hospital to recover. The following day, the officers delivered her glasses, an address book and telephone to her hospital room after the lady had called the SFPD dispatch to bring her the items.
Richmond District Captain Simon Silverman released the following statement: “I want to recognize Officer Cuthbertson and Officer McFall for their caring and dedication. By the way, they didn’t deliver dinner to just this one senior citizen on Thanksgiving. They raised money from their fellow night watch officers then bought, cooked and delivered dinner to 6 seniors living alone in the Richmond. Thanksgiving was their day off, but they chose to spend it in service to others.”