I very rarely post news items, but this really touched me and I thought it was an amazing example of Police doing a great job. Too often we hear horror stories about officers, so I feel it's important to point out the good. Please take a minute to read this, you won't regret it.
Police use cell-tracking technology to find transplant patient
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) - Police located a 10-year-old boy awaiting a heart transplant by asking his mother's cellular provider to locate her cell phone.
John Paul May of Harrisville had the successful surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh on Saturday night, but came dangerously close to being passed over for the donor heart until police tracked down the boy and his mother at a jazz festival.
The hospital called state police Saturday afternoon because officials couldn't reach the boy's parents to let them know a donor heart had been found. When police couldn't find the boy or reach him by phone, they contacted Sprint Nextel Corp. to get the coordinates of his mother's cell phone.
"The only time you can use it is life or death, or to track someone wanted in a homicide," state police Cpl. James Green said. Otherwise, police must get a warrant from a judge.
Using the coordinates, state police tracked the phone to a Slippery Rock University building. Police stopped the jazz concert that was happening and announced they were looking for the boy and his mother, Sue.
The crowd of some 500 jumped to their feet and gave the boy a standing ovation as he left, said Steve Hawk, a music professor who conducted the concert.
"I've been in the entertainment business for 30 years and never had such an emotional, shocking event happen at something live," Hawk told the Butler Eagle.