An early morning newspaper delivery led to a 911 call Thursday, after a Billings Gazette carrier came across an elderly man who had been unable to get up after falling the previous afternoon.
"He was so cold, I felt so horrible for him," Kathy Doney, the carrier, said. "He laid there for so long."
The man had bruises and cuts on his face from crawling around in his front lawn in an attempt to pick himself up, Doney said. The neighbors likely didn't see him or hear him yelling, she added, since his house on Billings' South Side is set back from the street.
After she called 911, an ambulance took him to Billings Clinic for possible hypothermia, Doney said. A spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon he was being treated in the emergency department. As of Friday, the man was in good condition.
"If it had been a colder night, they said it wouldn't have been such a good outcome," Doney said. "That we could help somebody, that's always nice, huh?"
The newspaper carrier has been delivering for the Gazette for about 10 years, and her current route is mostly on the South Side.
"You see a lot of things delivering newspapers," Doney said.