LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office released a reminder Wednesday that their Project Lifesaver wrist or ankle bands are always available to facilitate safe return of missing vulnerable persons.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Project Lifesaver bands are ‘watch-sized’ and emit a signal that first responders can track if the person goes missing. The wristbands are intended for people with Alzheimer’s, autism, dementia, or other disorders that may make a person unable to help themselves or communicate effectively with others.
“If a client enrolled in the system goes missing this will allow for our trained members to respond immediately and start searching the area to bring the loved one back home to his or her family safely,” says the press release. “Often times the missing person is within a few miles of their home.”
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has trained members that deploy to the scene and operate the equipment when needed. The service is free of charge aside from batteries.
The Sheriff’s Office provides the equipment and services needed and only suggests a $10 donation each time the batteries need changing which is about 10 ten times.
“The Sheriff reminds folks that if they are in financial hardship, the $10 is only a suggested donation and we would not cut off services due to financial reasons,” says the press release.
Anyone who knows of a friend or family member who would benefit from this program or who has further questions is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 243-7100 and ask for Community Policing Deputy Sheriff Mike Didas.