‘Project Lifesaver’ aimed at protecting the vulnerable

A program aimed at helping the vulnerable has received a boost locally.

Project Lifesaver is described as “a program of proactive involvement and specialized operations that respond to incidents of victims of Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, and related disorders who have wandered from a safe location and cannot find their way back to safety.”

TRIAD, a branch of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, and Sgt. Jim Stevens applied for and used a grant from the Custer Nugent Foundation to get the Project Lifesaver program up and running.

The sheriff’s department says that 50 transmitters were purchased and will be assigned to clients. A total of six receivers, used pinpoint the location of the transmitters, were also purchased. Three of the receivers will be kept at the Sheriff’s Office and three will be assigned to the Columbus Fire Department.

Authorities say that, so far, 10 clients have signed up for Project Lifesaver and have been fitted for transmitters.

If you would like to learn more about the program or inquire about transmitter fittings, contact [email protected].