Update: 9 News in Denver, CO has picked up the story: "99ers band together to save a life"
An example of the potential for good that social media offers.
@ConcernedinKY posted a video to YouTube: Important Message to all 99ers
In response, a commenter, PeterInFremont, posted:
I have no choice but to give up. My rent is due tomorrow (21st) and I have 18 bucks and change in my pocket. Tonight? will be last time I'd sleeping on a bed in a warm room, I dont think I will last on the streets, conceivably, tomorrow will be last time I wake up.
I am not religious man, but, may God helps whom still hanging on the hope one day their life will be back to "normal". I thank God that I don't have anyone counting on me for their survival.
May God bless you all.
On Twitter, suzeyQ41 notices Peter's comment and posts a call for help:
Help! #99ers! One of us is in trouble! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuLKLL_dlzA Read comments!
@KimDoyleWille takes it from there:
@suzeyQ41 @JanettThinks @rochellesevier I'M ON IT! @ConcernedinKY emailed me 20 min ago. Police are notified and on way here & YouTube #!
Some of what followed over the next few hours:
@ConcernedinKY - @KimDoyleWille I wouldn't have known what to do or where to begin getting that done. Thank you for helping me. #99ers.
@KimDoyleWille - @ConcernedinKY U R welcome & THANKS 4 being SO ALERT! Luckily I worked w/courts for 11 yrs & tracked cyber-criminals so I can help! #99ers
@KimDoyleWille - I know. The minutes are *dragging* by. *Waiting* 4 next call. RT @ConcernedinKY: @KimDoyleWille It's almost 2 in the morning here. :(
@KimDoyleWille - @ConcernedinKY I JUST got a call and they've talked to YouTube, have his IP address and are tracking his location thru Comcast! #99ers #pray
@KimDoyleWille - YES! They R being VERY GOOD about keeping me in loop! RT @ConcernedinKY: @KimDoyleWille Will they let U know if they find him? #99ers #pray
@KimDoyleWille - The police R almost on scene. RT @ConcernedinKY: @KimDoyleWille Damnit, the media needs to see that entire thread. :( They need to LISTEN!
@KimDoyleWille - I've been on phone w/police & they've "made contact at the door". RT @ConcernedinKY: @KimDoyleWille Oh GOD! Did you see his latest post?!
@KimDoyleWille - @ConcernedinKY I have REAL admiration 4 my local Eagle County Deputy Dave as HE was one who followed thru 2.5 hrs of tracing him 4 Fremont!
@KimDoyleWille - I've just received a call & CAN CONFIRM PeterinFremont is in protective custody & that he said Thanks to all the #99ers who reached out. :^)
The Denver Post reported the story:
A despondent California man received help early this morning thanks to the Internet, a Colorado resident and a fast-acting sheriff's deputy.
A longtime out-of-work Fremont, Calif., man posted a message on an Internet forum Thursday night that was spotted by an El Jebel resident, and the concerned Colorado woman called the Eagle County Sheriff's Office for help.
The sheriff's deputy, with the help of the FBI in Denver, was able to trace the Internet posting to a residence in Fremont and police there contacted the 41-year-old man, without incident, and took him to a local hospital for help.
"They probably saved the life of someone they didn't even know or may never meet," said Shannon Cordingly, an Eagle County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.
Cordingly said the man posted the message on an Internet forum for "99ers," people who have been out of work for more than 99 weeks.
After reading the posting, the El Jebel woman called the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday seeking help.
The Eagle deputy called the FBI in Denver because he knew federal authorities would be able to "get an emergency disclosure address as quickly as possible," Cordingly said.
"It was certainly the type of thing where time was of the essence," Cordingly said. "It was definitely pretty awesome teamwork."