Pi­lot Club do­nates $700 for Pro­ject Life­Saver

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The Pi­lot Club of Cov­ing­ton pre­sented Sher­iff Ezell Brown with a gen­er­ous do­na­tion check in the amount of $700 for Pro­ject Life­Saver Fri­day. Pi­lot mem­bers present were Jane Wood­ward, Eleanor Scar­bor­ough, Terry Ziemer, Ann Cargile and Dean Wil­lard.

The sher­iff’s of­fice cur­rently has four citi- zens par­tic­i­pat­ing in Pro­ject Life­saver; two with autism and two with de­men­tia.

The pri­mary mis­sion of Pro­ject Life­saver is to pro­vide timely re­sponse to save lives and re­duce po­ten­tial in­jury for adults and chil­dren who wan­der due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other re­lated con­di­tions or dis­or­ders.

The task of search­ing for wan­der­ing or lost in­di­vid­u­als with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syn­drome, de­men­tia or other cogni- tive con­di­tions is a grow­ing and se­ri­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity. With­out ef­fec­tive pro­ce­dures and equip­ment, searches can in­volve mul­ti­ple agen­cies, hun­dreds of of­fi­cers, count­less man hours and thou­sands of dol­lars. More im­por­tantly, be­cause time is of the essence, ev­ery minute lost in­creases the risk of a tragic out­come.

Cit­i­zens en­rolled in Pro­ject Life­saver wear a small per­sonal trans­mit­ter around the wrist or an­kle that emits an in­di­vid­u­al­ized track­ing sig­nal. If an en­rolled citizen goes miss­ing, the care­giver no­ti­fies their lo­cal Pro­ject Life­saver agency, and a trained emer­gency team re­sponds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wan­der are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been re­duced from hours and days to min­utes. Re­cov­ery times for clients av­er­age 30 min­utes — 95% less time than stan­dard oper­a­tions.

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