BELFAST — Waldo County Sheriff’s Office recently presented a commendation for life-saving to a citizen who helped a person in distress. The Sheriff’s Office posted the following story about the rescue on Facebook.

On Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Waldo County Communication Center received a 911 emergency call advising that Ian Golder of Morrill was riding his four-wheeler in the woods in Frankfort when he heard someone yelling for help. Chief Deputy Jason Trundy told The Republican Journal Dec. 29 that Golder called his parents’ house in Frankfort, and his mother called for help from emergency medical personnel and the Sheriff’s Office.

Golder, without hesitation, continued to listen for the cry for help, all while trying to find the person in distress. He found a woman who had been living in a remote camp without food, heat or water for several days. Golder brought her back to his parents’ home and made sure she was warm until emergency medical personal and deputies arrived.

Trundy said EMS personnel described the woman as “frail,” adding that she might not have survived if she had not been found that day. It was “incredible” that Golder was in the remote area where the woman was, and that he heard her over the noise of his machine, he said.

As a result of Golder’s quick response, immediate sound decision-making and willingness to help someone in need, the woman was transferred for further medical attention and survived the incident.

“Without a doubt, Ian’s actions saved the life of a human being on this day,” the Facebook post said. “Ian went above and beyond the normal call of duty. Ian’s commitment to his community is, without a doubt, the kind of commitment the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office wants to commend and foster within our community.”