Man Rescued, Arrested, after lost in the cold

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

A man was arrested after rescued by emergency crews and snowmobilers. The Marathon County Sheriff's Office said he was arrested after they learned he abandoned his vehicle after it caught on fire.

A call came into the 911 dispatch center in Marathon County around 8 Sunday night from Dean Ziolkowski. He told dispatchers he was out walking and had gotten lost. A Captain with the Sheriff's Office said Ziolkowski's car caught on fire earlier in the day and was given a ride to a nearby gas station.

The Captain says Ziolkowski walked away from the gas station out of fear of being arrested, because his license is revoked, and he is on probation. After calling 911, the Town of Maine Fire Department, along with many nearby responders, started their search.

They pinpointed the general location he was in, near the BP Truck Stop on County Highway Q, just off of Highway 51 in Lincoln County. They ran their sirens and set off blow horns to try and pick up their sounds, on his cell phone.

Once his general location was discovered, two nearby snowmobilers offered their help, and found Ziolkowski.

"We were able to get two snowmobilers help us, in the general area that we thought the patient was, they went in, heading to the east, toward the river, and then they did find him," said Assistant Fire Chief at the Town of Maine Fire Department, Joe Bozinski, "one of them put him on a snowmobile and brought him back."

Ziolkowski was taken to a nearby hospital with signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

Ziolkowski was arrested after his release from the hospital. A Captain from the Marathon County Sheriff's Office said he is a suspect in the car fire.

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