Cullman Senior Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 13

get home. Later she discovered, her hus- band had walked about a mile downtown and couldn’t fi d his way back. Thankfully, his wife called the police, and the respond- ing officer aid she thought she saw him sitting on a bench down- town. The officer ove downtown and picked her husband up, who was by then completely soaked by the cold rain. Thanks to Project Lifesaver International, spouses and other caregivers like Virginia do not have to worry about their loved ones becoming lost, including here in Cullman County. According to Capt. Rick Black- wood of the Cullman County Sheriff ’s Department, citizens en- rolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized-tracking signal that is free of cost to the family. The entire program is funded by donations raised by the Pilot Club for Cullman County. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver noti- fies he local Project Lifesaver agency and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Blackwood said that Project Lifesaver International helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and chil- dren who wander due to Alzhei- mer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cogni- tive conditions. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certifi ation and support to law enforcement, public safety orga- nizations and community groups throughout the country and nation. According to information provided on the Cullman Coun- ty Project Lifesaver website, the Project Lifesaver International is coordinated locally by Blackwood and the Pilot Club liaison’s Peggy Day. According to Blackwood, Proj- ect Lifesaver’s primary mission is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children. Th s project has more than 1,150 participating agencies across the U.S. Canada, Australia, and has performed 2,303 searches in the 11 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. Project Lifesaver International, according to Blackwood, provides in-depth training for law en- forcement and other public safety agencies on the use of special- ized electronic search and rescue “BRINGING LOVED ONES HOME” PROVEN & TRUSTED Project Lifesaver is the most widely used and proven most effective SAR program designed for “at risk” popu- lations. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Project Lifesaver bridges the gap between first responders and their communities. Re- lationships are formed, and trust is built. CULLMAN COUNTY SENIOR MAGAZINE PEACE OF MIND Project Lifesaver provides caregivers peace of mind knowing their loved ones are protected in the event of elopement. SUMMER 2019 | 13