Rockwood police reminding elderly and disabled about service dur

Rockwood police reminding elderly and disabled about service during hot weather

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It's called the R U Safe Program for homeowners living in Rockwood. It was started after a man in his 80s was found during a welfare check frozen to death inside his home back in January. It's called the R U Safe Program for homeowners living in Rockwood. It was started after a man in his 80s was found during a welfare check frozen to death inside his home back in January.
Rockwood Officer Brad Collins Monday morning paid a surprise visit to Maurice Greif, 90, because the sun was out and it was pushing nearly 90 degrees. Rockwood Officer Brad Collins Monday morning paid a surprise visit to Maurice Greif, 90, because the sun was out and it was pushing nearly 90 degrees.
"I need to have somebody immediately come and see about me," said Maurice Greif. "I need to have somebody immediately come and see about me," said Maurice Greif.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

ROCKWOOD (WATE) - It's only a matter of time until temperatures get dangerously hot, and as a way to protect those most vulnerable to heat, Rockwood police are reminding you about a free service they offer.

It's called the R U Safe Program for homeowners living in Rockwood. It was started after a man in his 80s was found during a welfare check frozen to death inside his home back in January.

Previous story: Rockwood launching R U Safe program after man found frozen to death

Rockwood police say so far only seven people are taking advantage of this free service, which is worrisome as it gets hotter this summer.

Rockwood Officer Brad Collins Monday morning paid a surprise visit to Maurice Greif, 90, because the sun was out and it was pushing nearly 90 degrees. He recently signed up for the R U Safe Program.

"I need to have somebody immediately come and see about me," said Greif.

The focus of the program is to check on the elderly and disabled when the weather takes a turn for the extreme.

"You can die of heat exhaustion, and that's something we're concerned about. We don't want to have anymore accidental deaths because of heat exhaustion or exposure to the cold in Rockwood," said Police Chief Danny Wright.

This is more than just a basic welfare check.

"If we find that they're in need of something, we'll make the necessary referrals to help agencies to try to get them some help, either from a summer standpoint of a fan or something cool. In some cases, bless their heart, they may be lacking in food and we'll try to arrange something for them," added Chief Wright.

Officers drop by sporadically when there's a heat wave or cold snap.

"But you never know when the power goes off and what might happen," said Greif.

Those who've signed up are simply thankful because family isn't close by.

"It's a safety net," said Greif.

More online: R U Safe application

If you live in Rockwood and would like to sign up, you can download an application online or fill one out in person at City Hall, as well as the Water Department.

There are some requirements for the service. You have to be 65 years old, disabled, or be recommended to the police department by an assisting agency.

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