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Sheriff Schenck Highlights Importance of Project Lifesaver


Sheriff Brian Schenck is reminding residents about Project Lifesaver.

A collaboration between the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and the Office for the Aging, the program allows individuals at risk of wandering off, such as those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, to wear a trackable wristband. Speaking on FLX Morning, Schenck said the approximately 1oz battery-operated wristbands reduce the time necessary to find those who are reported missing.

“We do have technology that allows our deputies to utilize [Project Lifesaver] to track them down in minutes rather than hours,” said Schenck.

He added that, by partnering with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, even people out of the immediate tracking range can be quickly located.

“We can also use this technology in partnership with the Air One helicopter that’s maintained by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office so if somebody were to wander off far enough away and we don’t find them near the home we can expand our area of search very quickly,” continued the sheriff.

For more information on Project Lifesaver, including eligibility requirements, you can contact the  Office for the Aging at 315-253-1226 or the Sheriff’s Office at 315-253-1222.



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