HURON TOWNSHIP — Ahmed Kassem, a Huron Township police officer, was praised Wednesday for using his instincts in finding an abandoned snow blower, which led him to the aid of a resident who had suffered a medical emergency and was stuck in her garage for more than 24 hours.
Kassem was on patrol at 2:19 a.m. when he noticed a snow blower left unattended in the middle of the road.
The snow blower’s owner told Kassem that he abandoned it there because he was chased away by a large dog that was roaming the neighborhood.
Upon further investigation, a neighbor in the 37500 block of Dianne Lane told the officer that the dog belonged to a nearby resident and that it was out of the norm for it to be wandering in the cold unattended.
After finding the house where the dog lived, Kassem tried to locate the owner. He called for backup and was able to locate a family member who could open the garage door for him.
Kassem, along with Officer Troy Rickelmann and Sgt. Robert Kelch, entered the garage and found the resident breathing but in need of immediate medical attention.
She had suffered a medical emergency and was showing signs of hypothermia and also had significant injuries to the lower portion of her body.
The officers administered first aid and gave the resident blankets as they waited for Huron Township firefighters and Huron Valley Ambulance to respond.
“I can tell you without hesitation that to this victim, her family and to this community, your actions were heroic,” Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said. “The residents of this wonderful and supportive community deserve to know that when they lay down to sleep each and every night, they and their families are well protected.”