McCutcheon then contacted the county sheriff’s office, who sent a deputy.
They all worked together to get the man to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he stayed until his granddaughter arrived.
“He seems to have gotten a little confused as to where he was at,” McCutcheon said. “He said he drove to visit a friend in Kentucky. According to him, that’s where he’s been for two days. He was on his way back and ran out of gas.”
The man’s phone was broken and he hadn’t told his family where he was going, the detective said.
McCucheon said he was on his way home and had stopped at the fuel mart when Lemmons and the two other employees flagged him down about a confused elderly man in the parking lot.
“The gas station attendants here were on the ball and paying attention and I just happened to walk in at the right time, I guess,” the detective said. “We’ll get him home tonight.”