He Found A Sam's Club Card In The Woods, Googles The Cardholder's Name And Quickly Calls 911
LifeAspire Staff 5/30/2017
A walk in the woods does a soul good from time to time, but depending on where and how you choose to conduct such a retreat, sometimes the result can be not so relaxing after all.
From Lackawanna County in Dunmore Pennsylvania, we bring you this story of an elderly man who decided to explore a natural park, but didn't expect what followed next...
92-year-old former federal judge named Edwin Kosik got in his SUV one day and decided to make a trip to the Dunmore Reservoir which is a popular place for hikers and ATV enthusiasts in the area. Without any other passengers or companions, Judge Edwin drove towards the reservoir after making a pitstop at a small grocery store called Bill's ShopRite.
This is where the Judge was last seen and recorded on the store's surveillance camera. He didn't appear to be in any noticeable turmoil and the recording showed him driving off in the opposite direction as his home in Covington Township.
When Judge Edwin didn't return home however, his family grew concerned and reported him missing to the police on the following afternoon. The judge, who despite his age was trying cases just months before, was said to be on medication for memory loss. It also seemed that he hadn't told anyone in the family where he was headed, prompting a search and rescue mission.
At the 48-hour mark, U.S. Marshals, state police, and local police who were all part of the search efforts, still had no certain leads on where the judge could be. Thankfully, two of the most unlikely of heroes did happen to be at the right place at the right time.
Joe Delvecchio, 18, and Alec Yanisko, 15, were in Dunmore Reservoir to ride their ATVs on the trails when they noticed an SUV wedged on top of a log at the side of the road with two of its windows smashed. Since few cars ventured out this deep into the trails, the teenagers were curious and approached the SUV cautiously.
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They looked through the broken windows and eventually found a Sam's Club member's card with the name Edwin Kosik written on it. And as teenagers often do, they decided to turn to the internet to see what was going on. Joe recalls:
"We went to type it in online to see if we knew them or anything like that and ... we seen all the attention it had."
They realized they had to do something instantly. They went home and shared their discovery with their families before calling the police. They also led them to the exact spot where the SUV was located and the police took over the search using K-9 units.
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The judge was soon found near the SUV, conscious and apparently in fair condition. He even seemed to recognize the cop that approached him. An ambulance was called to take him to the hospital and make sure he wasn't in critical condition after being out in the woods for two days.
Especially given how bad the weather got soon after Judge Edwin's rescue, U.S. Marshal Martin Pane was very thankful for the steps Alec and Joe took in reporting the SUV and eventually leading them to the missing Judge:
"We're very thankful to these two young men that they saw this vehicle, happened to be in this area, fortunately."
Here is the local news video of the proud teenage heroes!
For Joe and Alec, they are just glad that the judge is okay and they hope to meet him once he has recovered fully!
Further information has not been disclosed about what exactly happened that day when Judge Edwin drove up to the reservoir, but at this point, everyone is just glad that he is okay and alive. Kudos to the teenagers who took the time to be curious and help solve the mystery!
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