An 85-year-old woman was trapped several hours in the bathroom of her Vine Street home Friday, before being rescued by a sheriff's deputy.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jassmyn Sanchez made a welfare check on the 16000 block of Vine Street.

She was there in response to a call from a Hesperia volunteer Citizen On Patrol, whose job it is to contact residents in the department's You Are Not Alone program. The volunteer calls the residents on the YANA list daily, to check on their health.

On Friday, the woman did not pick up the phone, and Sanchez was asked to stop by and investigate.

Arriving at the Vine Street home, she found the front door ajar and called out a greeting. Entering, she found the resident wedged between the bathtub and toilet, unable to get out.

"It was several hours," said Hesperia station spokeswoman Roxanne Walker. "I believe five."

Sanchez called in San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel, and the resident was freed and taken to Desert Valley Hospital for treatment.

The YANA program is primarily for elderly residents who live alone and have no one who visits or is in regular contact with them. Hesperians interested in the program may call 947-1549. Other San Bernardino County residents should call their local sheriff's station for more information.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.