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Marilyn Ormord: safe and secure

by Sunny Layne

WATERLOO (KWWL)--Sometimes when people get older, they require more assistance with day-to-day living. One soon-to-be 83-year-old is actually helping people younger than herself stay safe. 

Meet Marilyn Ormord, someone you should know.

"Good morning Hazel. I'm Marilyn with Lifeline." 

Today volunteer Marilyn Ormord makes a personal visit to ensure the safety of Lifeline subscriber Hazel Brown.

Ormord makes about five of these check-ups each day.

"It gives you a good feeling you are not alone," Brown said.

After surviving a stroke, 82-year-old Hazel Brown's children and grandchildren felt concerned about her living alone.

"It's a wonderful thing because you've got help on hand," Brown said.

So Brown subscribed to Allen Hospital's Lifeline program.

"It has saved people's lives," Ormord said. 

With just a press of a button, subscribers of Lifeline have a large support system at their fingertips, including people like Marilyn.

Ormord feels passionately about the program. She installs more than 300 Lifelines each year, and she and one other volunteer keep track of 900 subscribers. A tall order for a woman just about to turn 83.

Wasn't she supposed to be retired?

"Yes," Ormord said. "It just didn't happen that way."

Usually Marilyn volunteers 8:30 to 4:30, but sometimes her work keeps her until much later, but she doesn't seem to mind.

"It's the idea that I'm helping," she said.

She continues ensuring the safety of seniors all around eastern Iowa, one visit at a time.

"Got you all fixed up," Ormord said. "See you again. Hope you never have to use it."

Reporter: Sunny Layne

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