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Project Lifesaver is a blessing to those, who will take advantage of it

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30th, 2011

GRAFTON – Taylor County Sheriff, Robert Beltner, wants to remind county residents of the program that he and his officers have in place to help in caring for those, who have a loved one with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, or impairments due to stroke, or other cognitive related disorder.

Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue system designed to “reduce serious injury and prevent fatalities for individuals that may be at a cognitive disadvantage.”

Beltner petitioned and received approval from the Taylor County Commission for support of such a program earlier this year.

He reports that here in Taylor County, it has been estimated that approximately 250, or more, individuals have been diagnosed with dementia, and approximately 49 have been diagnosed with autism.

Beltner states that when individuals meet the requirements and are accepted into the program, they receive a wristband to wear.

Each wristband has a unique pulse-carrier radio frequency tracking signal that is used for tracking purposes, should the need arrive.

Beltner, through help of the County Commission, and various donations, has purchased ten such transmitters and wristbands, which are available for use.

The Sheriff wants everyone to remember that this program is available, encouraging both families and rest homes, to take advantage of it before something happens.

Those interested in the program, are encouraged to call 304-265-3428.

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