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Columbus law enforcement tests Project Lifesaver equipment for disabled citizens

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Officers from the Columbus Police Department, and Deputies from the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, are learning about a new program aimed at protecting people with disabilities.

Project Lifesaver assists caregivers for people with Alzheimer's Disease, autism, and other disabilities that cause them to wander. A transmitter bracelet is placed on the person allowing law enforcement to find them within 30 mins. if they are reported missing.

Gary Reynolds, a trainer with Project Lifesaver, says this program saves lives.

"Caregivers who are worried about their loved ones are going to be proactive, are we're gonna provide you with, or help you get equipment, so that if someone in your family wanders, then we'll be in a better position to find them, and find them alive," says Reynolds.

Muscogee County received a $5,000 grant to purchase four units. The departments will test the equipment, and decide whether they will invest in more.  

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