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Teens credited in rescue of woman, 83

Youth discovered her in snowbank

WINSLOW, Maine -- Two teenagers who were delivering newspapers are being credited with saving the life of an 83-year-old woman who was discovered in a snowbank outside her home.

Luke Vashon, 16, of Vassalboro and Caleb Byron, 18, of Benton were delivering the Morning Sentinel around 4:30 a.m. Friday with Byron's mother, who was driving them on their route, Winslow police said.

While dropping the paper on a doorstep of a home on Cushman Road, Vashon spotted a woman lying in a snowbank wearing only a pair of blue jeans and a thin jersey.

The woman suffers from dementia and her body temperature had fallen to 85 degrees, said Officer Dana McInnis.

"If she was out there for another hour, she probably would have been dead," McInnis said.

After spotting the woman, Vashon called over to Byron, who was delivering papers across the street.

They got Byron's mother, who was parked two blocks away, and she drove to the house and shined the headlights on the woman in the snow.

Police did not release the name of the woman, but said she was doing fine after being taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Earlier this winter, the Byrons and Vashon were driving to a church banquet in Canada when the car in front of them on Interstate 95 went off the road in a sleet storm near Millinocket and flipped upside down in a bog.

The three rushed to help the couple and got them into their car to stay warm until an ambulance arrived.