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Veterans Commission Partners to Provide Project Lifesaver Equipment

Friday, November 6, 2015
by Gwynn Stewart

Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District (Buckeye Hills-HVRDD) is pleased to announce that the Washington County Veterans Service Commission (VSC) has partnered with the Project Lifesaver program to provide funding for five Project Lifesaver Transmitters.

“Our donation of more than $1,500 will make the Project Lifesaver program available at no cost to eligible Washington County Veterans, spouses or widows of veterans and children of veterans,” said Roy Ash, VSC Director. “We are pleased to partner in providing Project Lifesaver to our constituents who need it, at no cost to them.”

In Southeast Ohio, Project Lifesaver is a partnership with each County Sheriff’s Office and the Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8.  Project Lifesaver technology helps find people with a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease or Autism when they wander from a caregiver. Clients are outfitted with a transmitter-about the size of a watch-worn on the wrist or ankle. Should the client wander, the caregiver notifies 911 and the Sheriff’s Office begins a search immediately using Project Lifesaver equipment. Without the technology, searches can last hours or days. Besides saving lives and injuries, shortening searches also save law enforcement agencies money by reducing the manpower and equipment necessary to perform searches.

“The national average rescue time using Project Lifesaver equipment is about 30 minutes”, said Cathy Ash, from the Area Agency on Aging 8 in Marietta, Ohio. She is also a National Instructor for Project Lifesaver International. “People with cognitive disorders can disappear in an instant,” she said. “These individuals can have very attentive caregivers but the caregivers have to sleep, take a shower, do laundry, cook supper or run out to the garage,” said Ash. “It can happen that quickly.”

“We are thankful to the many donors like the Washington County Veterans Service Commission who have made providing this service possible,” added Ash.

Sheriff’s Offices across Southeast Ohio recently received new equipment through nearly $13,350 in grants and contributions to the Project Lifesaver program serving Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties. The regional program received grants from the following Foundations: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Athens Community Foundation, Marietta Community Foundation, and the Noble Co. Community Foundation. Donations were received from Buckeye Hills-HVRDD and the Meigs, Noble, and Washington Co. Sheriff’s Offices.

“Project Lifesaver is probably one of the most worthwhile projects we do,” said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. “It benefits the individuals in Washington County who need the comfort to know that their family members who may wander have the Project Lifesaver bracelet and with it, it doesn’t take long for us to find them. We certainly appreciate the donation from the Veterans Commission and their ongoing commitment to serving Veterans and their families through this great program.”

About Project Lifesaver: Project Lifesaver started in Chesapeake, Virginia, in 1999 and now has over 1,400 participating agencies throughout 48 states in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, and has performed over 3000 searches over the last 16 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported.

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