BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A dog saves the day and a 90-year-old woman’s life.
Loudell Hubbard, 90, was missing all night on Monday from her Birmingham home and was not found until late morning on Tuesday.
A couple rescuers walked ABC 33/40 through the search and rescue operation with the help of a four-legged officer named Saby.
It’s because of Saby’s nose that 90-year-old Loudell Hubbard is alive.
“It’s impossible for us to duplicate what he does and do his job as fast as he does,” officer Dustin Brock says.
Cold, wet and all alone 90-year-old Hubbard was lost for more than 12 hours.
Saby lead Richard Wright and Dustin Brock, two officers in the Birmingham Police SRT K9 Unit, right to Hubbard.
She was lying in a creek bed where she slept on her purse the night before.
“The same time Richard came around the corner Saby was pulling me towards the creek. (I) come around and she was laying in the creek,” Brock says.
Wright told ABC 33/40, “I yelled ‘Mam can you hear me?’ She raised her head up and then we just went to her.”
She rambled through the woods without her cane and fell in the creek during the night where she was unable to climb out to dry land.
Because of Hubbard’s dementia she couldn’t remember walking a mile-and-a-half away from her house on Killough Circle.
Frederick Jones is a neighbor who says he kept the faith and hope alive throughout the time she was missing.
“At the time everyone was still hopeful. They had faith and was positive,” Jones says.
And when she was rescued he says it was glorious.
“Joy. It was joy. Everybody was just elated. Everybody was thanking God and just elated. Really it brought tears to your eyes that she was ok,“ Jones says.
A moment neighbors and rescuers won’t forget.
Wright says, “When we got the call I was thinking if it was my grandmother I would hope someone would use all resources to go find her.”
Jones pointed to the Bible for how and why looking out for each other is important.
“The scripture tells us to love thy neighbor as thy self. That’s where we are with this,” Jones says.
Hubbard does not have any broken bones and was left with only a few bruises when she was found.
She is currently at a nearby hospital.