When 80-year-old Vietnam Veteran Wilson B. Shirley walked into the Valero Gas Station in Carrizozo, New Mexico, employees there knew right away that something was wrong. Clerk Melissa Zamora says that she could tell Shirley was confused and needed help.
So the clerks charged Shirley’s dead phone for him. They then started calling numbers in the phone to see if anyone could help them get him back where he belongs. Soon the clerks were talking to Shirley’s family back in Arizona and the family was relieved to hear that he’d been found and was being taken care of.
Shirley's family explained that he has dementia and had been missing for several days. They believed he got in his car at his home in Round Rock, Arizona, headed to visit family in Albuquerque and got lost. “When we first heard that Wilson was missing, it was of course shocking, very distressing,” explains niece Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle. “But I think we were hopeful.” Shirley is now back home with his grateful family in Arizona, thanks to these store workers.