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WWPD asks people to lend a helping shovel

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WALLA WALLA, Washington – While the city is dealing with a mix of ice and snow, some residents may not be able to easily clear it from sidewalks and driveways with ease, including senior citizens and those who may be ill.

On Sunday, an elderly man was found unresponsive next to a vehicle in the parking lot of the Garden Court Apartments near the corner of South Sixth Avenue and West Alder Street. The 92-year-old man was reportedly trying to clear out snow. By the time he was found, attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

The Walla Walla Police Department said this is an unfortunate reminder that if you see someone struggling in the snow, lend a hand.

“That’s the message we want to send,” Sgt. Kevin Braman said. “Also, if you see someone you know appears to need help and you can’t help them yourself, call dispatch and let us know – we can come out and assist.”

Braman encourages neighbors to help each other out.

“If you have a neighbor that’s older and needs some help, feel free to volunteer,” Braman said. “I think they’ll appreciate that. They’ll probably not ask for it openly sometimes, but feel free to help out.”

The non-emergency number for Walla Walla dispatch is (509) 527-1960.

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