It was 9:18 p.m. when state police transferred a 911 call to Billerica Police tonight.
If you call 911 on a cell phone, your call will usually go to MSP, who then transfers the call to local police when needed.
Police can’t tell me a lot because this call was medical in nature, but they said the call was from a man who was unable to talk to police, but who sounded like he was in distress.
State Police “pinged” the man’s cellular telephone and got his approximate location, somewhere in the area of Boston Road and Cook Street in Billerica.
That, and an open cell phone line, were pretty much all police had to work with.
So they started making noise.
About 10 officers from Billerica, a Billerica Police canine, a Wilmington Police canine and an officer from Wilmington, along with approximately 5 Billerica firefighters, used sirens and horns to make noise while dispatchers listened to the noise coming through the open cell phone line, police said.
Searchers used the noise to narrow down the location of the man they were seeking, and within 20 to 25 minutes, they found their man near the Pongal restaurant, at 786 Boston Road.
Searchers found a middle-aged male who was in respiratory distress. He was taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
Police can’t say much more about the incident because it was medical in nature, but I admit it. I’m impressed.