New Mexico man with Alzheimer’s drives 552 miles to Texas and gets home by plane – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

An 80-year-old New Mexico man who left home to go to the store ended up 552 miles from his home in Granbury, where a volunteer firefighter who is also a pilot returned him home.

“He left home to go to the store and the next time anyone had contact with him was in Granbury, Texas,” Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said. “We’re not sure of the route he took or anything.”

Deeds said the man, who has Alzheimer’s, caught the attention of a deputy on Highway 377 because he was driving erratically at 3:30 p.m.

The deputy attracted him and he quickly realized that the man was confused and away from home.

Deputies initially planned to drive him to Alamogordo, New Mexico, but that would have taken many hours, Deeds said.

A volunteer Cresson firefighter who happened to be a pilot offered to fly him and they arrived in New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

They made arrangements with the man’s son to pick up his car later.

“It came out pretty well,” Deeds said.

Cresson chief volunteer firefighter Ron Becker agreed.

“That’s the kind of thing we do,” he said. “We try to help people.”

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