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ELDERLY TAMARAC WOMAN RESCUED THANKS TO BSO’S “ARE YOU O.K.?” PROGRAM

BSO Case Number: TM03-01-442
PIO Number: 03-01-22
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2003
Time: 0927
Place of Occurrence: 7024 N.W. 101 Avenue, Tamarac

Victim(s):

  • Harriet Kintisch, 76, 10/31/26, 7024 N.W. 101 Avenue, Tamarac

Description of Incident:

A free service, made possible thanks to a joint venture between the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the North Broward Hospital District and the City of Tamarac, is credited with the swift rescue of an elderly Tamarac woman.

On the morning of Saturday, January 4, 2003, 76 year-old Harriet Kintisch fell inside her Tamarac home while attempting to hang some clothing in her closet. The ailing victim, who suffers from several different illnesses, began to yell for help, but her cries went unanswered. Kintisch, who was unable to get up on her own, lay helpless on a cold floor for at least an hour.

Fortunately, Kintisch, who is enrolled in the “Are You O.K.?” program, received her daily telephone call from the program’s computer generated dialing system shortly after 9 a.m. that morning. When an answering machine picked up instead of Kintisch, a BSO District 7 employee immediately activated an alert at the elderly woman’s home. The victim’s “emergency key holder,” who happened to be a neighbor, was immediately notified. The neighbor ran over to check on Kintisch only to hear the victim’s desperate cries for help grow stronger as she approached the residence. 911 was subsequently called.

District 7 deputies, along with Tamarac Fire Rescue, responded to the scene and were able to gain access to the home. Kintisch, who suffered only very minor injuries, was assisted up off the floor and refused transport.

The “Are You O.K.?” program currently has more than 50 enrollees that it checks up on daily. The computerized telephone dialing system begins its call rotations everyday at approximately 7:45 a.m. Each and every enrollee is called in an effort to make sure all is O.K. Once the participant answers the phone, an automated message instructs them to hang up. If the call is not answered, an alert is initiated.

BSO has been a participant of the “Are You O.K.?” program for six years. It is available free of charge to all elderly or sick residents in the following BSO patrolled cities: Tamarac, Lauderdale Lakes, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach. So far, it is responsible for saving six lives.

Those interested in enrolling in the program should pick up an application at their city’s BSO district offices.

INVESTIGATORS: Chief K. Dugger/ District 7
THIS REPORT BY: Liz Calzadilla/ PIO 1/14/03 11 a.m.

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