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Life saving tool available in Lincoln County

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A new search and rescue tool is available in Lincoln County to help find people who may wander.

Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger says Project Lifesaver is aimed at families who have loved ones with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome or dementia.

"They wear a radio transmitter that looks like a wrist-watch. If the wearer wanders away we can use tracking equipment to find them. It works in a wooded area or concrete structures. The average time to find someone is about a half-hour, " said Jaeger.

Two deputies are trained in using the $4,000 system which was paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Clients who enroll must pay a fee but it has been waived during the initial start-up of the project.

Jaeger says one family has signed up and another is in the process of filling out the paperwork.

 

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