During cold weather, Rapid City first responders urge reporting of vulnerable individuals
RAPID CITY, S.D. – With cold temperatures upon us again, Rapid City Fire and Police Departments are encouraging people to report those seen out in the cold.
Mobile Medic out helping the unsheltered find a warm place to stay tonight. pic.twitter.com/iIeFfQybj8
— Rapid City Fire Dept (@RapidCityFire) October 19, 2021
During last week’s cold snap, a man was found dead along Rapid Creek. A spokesperson for the police department says the man was reported by a citizen calling 911 after he was seen in a homeless camp not easily seen from the road.
“People, you know, congregate in an area like this because they don’t want to be bothered,” said Brendyn Medina. “And so that’s the unfortunate thing is sometimes we don’t come across these situations until tragedy has already struck.”
He adds that any concerns about the homeless out in the cold should be reported to the department by calling 605-394-4131.