Drakes firefighter locates missing woman

Published 2:40 pm Thursday, May 20, 2021

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A Drakes Branch Fire and Rescue member is being hailed as a hero after finding a missing woman.

According to Prince Edward, Sheriff L. A. “Tony” Epps, on the evening of Wednesday, May 12, Allen Gordon was traveling on US Highway 360 in Prince Edward County when he noticed a woman standing near a vehicle partially in the roadway.

Epps said the woman had been reported missing by her family several days earlier in another jurisdiction.

“Feeling that something just wasn’t right, he turned around and went back to check on her,” Epps said, “ Gordon called our office to report this and stayed with her until our Deputy T. J. Hathaway arrived.”

Epps said that Gordon’s actions helped reunite this lady with her family and may have very well saved her life.

“We want to thank and commend Mr. Gordon for going the extra mile and caring for a complete stranger,” Epps said, “Because of his actions, we were able to bring a happy ending to what could have ended in a tragedy.”