Eau Claire (WQOW) - If ten minutes is all it takes to get frost bite, then one elderly man in Chippewa Falls is lucky to have escaped the cold without getting any. The man was stranded outside in zero degree weather with a wind chill of twenty degrees below zero.
John Pearson, who is 78 years old, was taking his recycling out to the end of his driveway around midnight, Monday night. That's when he slipped on a patch of ice and landed in the snow.
It was so slippery that he couldn't get up. His wife was home but she was asleep inside and unable to assist him. Luckily for Pearson, an officer from The Chippewa Falls Police Department happened to be patrolling in the area. He found Pearson on the ground and was able to help him up and get him back inside his house.
“Well it was freezing outside so I was happy they came and got me back in the house, and I'm very thankful for that,” says John Pearson.
“I was really upset because I thought he had really hurt himself when he fell because he couldn't get up and he was still on the ground the whole time," says his wife, Mary Pearson.
Pearson believes he was outside for about ten minutes before he was found. He was not injured in anyway. EMS crews were called to check him out just to be sure.
Robert Teuteberg, the Public Information Officer for The Chippewa Falls Police Department wanted to share his advice for being out in the cold.
"With windshield factors in the double digits below zero it's always best to be prepared whether it's on foot or in a vehicle, let people know where you're going or have cell phone available or have an emergency kit or an emergency pack with you when you go to be prepared for any type of situation," says Teuteberg.
Tueteberg says even as little as ten minutes outdoors in this weather can be dangerous.
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