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JCSO rescues stranded Jacksonville senior

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to transport a 75-year-old woman to safety after she spent two days without heat, electricity or a way to leave her home because of deep snow. [JCSO photo]

Owing to the concern of a brother and the efforts of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, a 75-year-old woman is safe and warming up at a Medford hotel after being stranded for two days in her rural Jacksonville area home without heat, power or the means to leave.

The woman, who lives alone in the 7000 block of Griffin Lane, was given a ride to Medford on Tuesday morning after her home lost electricity for two days, and deep snow prevented her from getting her car out of the garage, according to a Facebook post by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman’s brother called dispatchers Tuesday concerned because he hadn’t been able to reach his sister since Christmas.

It turned out that the roughly 18 inches of snow in her driveway was too deep for the woman to get her car out of the garage. A sheriff’s deputy driving a new Chevy Tahoe SUV equipped with snow tires was able to make it up her driveway and back to town without an issue.

The sheriff’s office encourages others who may have loved ones needing a welfare check — especially during heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures — to call Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatchers at 541-776-7206.