Hundreds of people with special needs rely on Project Lifesaver, so their loved ones can find them easily if they get lost or wander off. The program continues to grow, now with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office joining the program.
The program is designed to track and rescue those with cognitive conditions like autism and dementia, who tend to wander off. Each tracking device, called a yagi, can track 3/4 of a mile in any direction. The training and equipment cost taxpayers around $4,000, but the Sheriff's Office says that cost is well worth it.
"If we had to do a search, where we had an autistic child wander, those searches could exceed 10s of thousands of dollars in resources," said Lieutenant Fischer, "with this program, although its not guaranteed, its quite cost effective."
It costs caregivers $300 to become a part of the program, and there is a $10 a month battery replacement fee as well.
To find out more about the program, call Lieutenant Fischer or Seargant Davies at 715-536-6272
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