Fire crews trace cell signal to find ailing, missing man

Fire crews trace cell signal to find ailing, missing man

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Salt Lake City Fire Department crews found an ailing, missing man in less than an hour thanks to a lengthy 911 call and modern technology.

A man called into dispatch around 1 p.m. Wednesday and said his worker was on her cell phone with her husband.

Near 9200 West looking at SR 201
Near 9200 West looking at SR 201

The caller couldn't tell the dispatcher where the diabetic man was, but that dispatcher asked the woman to retrace her husband's steps. That even led crews to call a barbershop he had visited.

Ultimately, though, the couple's cell service agreed to trace the diabetic man's cell phone signal. Crews found him "confused and disoriented" around 1:45 p.m. along a remote stretch of SR 201 near 9200 West. He was treated at the scene.


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