Firefighters credit a GPS-equipped cell phone and an attentive dog for helping lead rescuers to an elderly woman injured on a trail on Ithaca's south hill Sunday evening. The woman was out walking a neighbor's dog when she slipped and fell, injuring her hip.
Ithaca Fire Department says the woman, unable to get up, used her cell phone to call 911 for assistance, and Tompkins County dispatchers were able to use GPS information provided by the phone to the County's E-911 system to guide rescuers to her rough location. It wasn't until she let the dog go, and it ran and barked to lead the rescuers back to her, that they reached her exact location, about 150 feet along a trail near Schickle Road off Route 96B.
The woman was treated by Bangs Ambulance paramedics at the scene, and carried on a stretcher to the ambulance to be transported to Cayuga Medical Center for treatment of her hip injury.
IFD credits the woman having her cell phone with her, and the always reliable dog, for getting rescuers to her in a timely manner.