The Knox County sheriff has issued a statement praising the two surveyors who helped in the May 12 rescue of a 75-year-old man who had spent the night walking through the woods.

“A job well done,” Sheriff Donna Dennison said.

Surveyors from J & D Engineering were doing work off Hart Road in Warren on May 12. At about 10 a.m., Dan Scott and David Starr noticed a man fitting the description of Gerald “Pete” Brooks coming out of the woods.

Searchers had been looking for Brooks since 4 p.m. the previous day. He had gone for a walk from his home on Route 17 in Union. He was last seen at about 4 p.m. on Folger Road near the Union-Hope town line.

Lt. Kevin Adams of the Maine Warden Service said the spot where Brooks was located was about 1.75 miles in a straight line from where he had last been seen. Brooks suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.