Thanks to donations, Sheriff's Office closer to launching new track and rescue program

astice@islandpacket.comApril 23, 2013 

Members of the Lowcountry Retired Law Enforcement Officers Association present a donation to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Pictured from left to right: Norm Whyte, Sheriff PJ Tanner, John Pontillo, Bert Defazo and Jim Fitzgerald

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The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says it is closer to launching a new program designed to track and rescue people with cognitive conditions who tend to wander.

Since the start of a fundraising drive six months ago, Beaufort County citizens and businesses have donated $2,850 to Project Lifesaver, according to a news release.

The Sheriff's Office's goal is $4,000, which will pay for the equipment needed for the search-and-rescue program for people at risk of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, autism and Down Syndrome.

Participants in the program are outfitted with radio transmitters on a wrist or ankle. The transmitter constantly emits a radio frequency signal, which can be tracked by a receiver manned by Sheriff's Office personnel, who have already been trained in how to use it.

The average rescue time for participants in Project Lifesaver is about 30 minutes.

The Sheriff's Office issued a release Tuesday to thank Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Nakikian, Royce Chavis, the Old Oyster Factory on Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry Retired Law Enforcement Officers Association for their donations.

For more information on the program or to donate, contact SSgt. K. Light at 843-255-3410.

Read more about the program here: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office raising money for Alzheimer's search and rescue

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