Handicapped senior told to wait outside

Aug 16 2012 - 3:14pm


On Aug. 14, I took a friend to the Davis County Correction Center in Farmington. I decided to wait for him inside, rather than wait out in the hot car, since the building was air conditioned. I had done this several times before without any problem.

As I was sitting waiting, a woman officer sporting a badge, asked what I was doing and I told her I was waiting for a friend. She said, "You can't wait here." I told her that waiting in the car was too hot. She told me to move out as I couldn't wait there. It took a few moments for me to get up from my chair. Then, taking my cane for balance, I went outside. There was another gentleman outside to whom I vented, and he said that there was a waiting room upstairs.

I said, "I thought it was a felony for a person to leave an animal in a hot car, even with widows down. Yet, as an 81-year-old man with a handicap, I was shown no concern or respect by this woman. She never mentioned a waiting room upstairs, which I could not have accessed without an elevator because it is difficult for me to go up and down stairs.

I called the sheriff's office and he was not in, but I stated this concern to his secretary, who said that the matter would be taken care of.

It seems to me that some individuals, when they get a little authority, they use it in unrighteous domination. I would hope that more respect and consideration will now be shown to elderly, handicapped individuals.

Jerome R. Willden


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