ROCK FALLS – The life of a Rock Falls woman was likely saved by two snowplow drivers who found her wandering the streets in sub-zero temperatures.
Cliff and Matt Sexton, a father and son team who operate Sexton’s Lawn Service, were plowing roads in Rock Falls early Tuesday when they saw an older woman walking in the middle of the road, wearing only pink pajamas and one slipper.
“We were like, ‘What’s going on? Why is she out walking at 2 o’clock in the morning?’” Matt said. “And she was just in pajamas.”
The temperature that morning was around minus 15, he said.
They pulled up to a stop sign, and Cliff called out to her.
“She says some man stole her car,” Cliff said. “She’s in pajama pants and one slipper. Nothing on her other foot, and the road hasn’t been plowed or nothing, and she’s saying someone took her car.”
They decided they should get the woman warm, and quickly. Cliff told her to get into the truck, and Matt gave her a pair of gloves.
“She just kept saying, ‘Someone stole my car. Someone stole my car,’” Cliff recalled. “So Matt goes, ‘Do you have your keys?’ and she said, ‘They’re over here. They’re over here.’ And I mean, we weren’t getting anywhere, so we thought we’d better go right to the police station.”
When they got there, Matt went inside and came back with two officers who then called an ambulance.
The woman was taken to CGH Medical Center, where she was reported in stable condition Thursday.
The Sextons were later told that the woman suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.