A 76-year-old man is in serious condition at Cobleskill Regional Hospital after he was found to be frost-bitten and suffering from hypothermia in his home on Mud Lake Road in Summit this afternoon, Schoharie County Sheriff Anthony Desmond said.
There was no heat in the house, the sheriff said, and the man was also suffering from dehydration.
The sheriff said he is not disclosing the man's identity, but credited an acquaintance of the medical patient for informing authorities that the man needed help.
"We were lucky to get to him when we did," Desmond told The Daily Star,
He noted the entry to the man's house was blocked by a towering wall of snow. That had to be cleared away by deputies, Richmondville Fire Department volunteers and Summit Rescue first responders for the rescuers to assist the man.
The man was still conscious when the rescuers entered the house at about 12:15 p.m., Desmond said.
He said he was not immediately aware as to whether the man, a native of Trinidad, gets home-delivered meals arranged by the county's Office for the Aging. Adult Protective Services caseworkers are going to investigate the circumstances behind the incident, he noted.
No one else had been inside or near the house for several days, he said.
Desmond said he is urging local residents to periodically check on their elderly neighbors to determine how they are coping with freezing temperatures, and to reach out to authorities if they are unable to make contact.