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ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAKE CHARLES, LA. — On December 4, 2012 at 8:15 a.m., the Lake Charles Police Department received a call from 623 Shasta Street, Lake Charles, LA, in reference to a missing person. Once on scene, Officer Tony Magee was advised that 84-year old Mary Lou Roberts was missing from her residence. Officer Magee was advised by several family members that Ms. Roberts suffers from severe memory loss and that the family had already searched but was unable to locate her.

Officer Magee completed a report and entered Ms. Roberts into the National Crime Information Center (N.C.I.C.) On a gut feeling, Officer Magee went back to the area and began searching the large drainage ditch behind Ms. Robert’s residence. Officer Magee walked along the edge of the ditch and located Ms. Roberts partially submerged in the ditch water. Officer Magee then called for an ambulance, removed his duty belt, and crossed through the water to reach Ms. Roberts on the opposite side. Officer Magee observed where Ms. Roberts slid down the steep embankment. She was unable to pull herself out of the ditch due to mud and her weakened state. Ms. Roberts was nearly in a hypothermic state.

The Lake Charles Police Department is proud to commend Officer Magee for his bravery and initiative during this grave situation. He epitomizes the very essence of dedication, character, and integrity that this department strives to find in each officer it employs.


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