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How a wristband could save a life

Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Albarado talked about the benefits of Project Lifesaver Thursday to Prescott Kiwanis. -- Photo by Jason Schulte3 / 3

PRESCOTT--Pierce County Sheriff's Department Deputies Steve Albarado and Brad Verges talked to Prescott Kiwanis Thursday about Project Lifesaver, a program dedicated to locating children and adults who may wander and become lost due to diagnoses such as Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Autism and Down Syndrome.

Albarado explained there are personalized radio transmitters those can wear on their wrist or ankle emitting a signal every second, 24 hours a day. In case they wander or get lost, the parent or caregiver calls 911 and trained personnel with the locator equipment will be dispatched.

"And everyone has been found," he said.

Project Lifesaver gained notoriety this summer when Scott Meyer, a five-year-old diagnosed with Autism, went missing from his parents' home outside of Prescott. He was missing for nearly 21 hours before being found on July 4th. Meyer didn't have Project Lifesaver on at the time, due to his sensitivities.

Albarado reported, since the incident, Meyer now has Project Lifesaver, along with his two older brothers, also diagnosed with Autism.

"Our clientele has doubled since Scott Meyer," Albarado said, noting Pierce is partnering with St. Croix in Project Lifesaver. "We just want to get the word out," he continued. He also added, if finances are a concern, "we will take care of it."

For more information, contact Albarado at (715) 273-5051.

Before the deputies spoke, sophomore Pascalle Nelson was honored as the Kiwanis Student of the Week. Nelson is a sophomore with interests in digital arts and writing, and hopes to go college to study forensic psychology.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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