Mon County Sheriff's Department Spreading Word About Project Lifesaver
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on October 02, 2012 @ 11:00PM
Created on October 02, 2012 @ 6:52PM
Officers with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department are trying to get the word out about an event they're helping to host later this month.
You might remember the story of Jacob Allen. He was the little autistic boy who went missing 5 years-ago in Tucker County.
He was eventually found four days later alive and well.
The Allen family is hosting an event to get the word out about a device they use incase he ever wonders off again.
They're holding a 5K run and 2K walk to raise awareness about Project Lifesaver.
The project is used to help families keep any eye on folks with special needs who tend to wonder off. The Mon County Sheriff's Department is one law enforcement agency who has the equipment needed for it. They've had it since 2007 and in that time they've rescued three people.
It works by using a transmitter, which is the size of a wristband, which is placed on the person who is at risk for getting lost.
If tragedy strikes, and that person goes missing, the family can call the Sheriff's Department who then shows up with the equipment to find them.
It only costs families about $20 a month to use, but no one is ever turned away because they can't afford it.
As of Tuesday the Sheriff's Department only has 21 families signed up for the program, but they think there's more folks out there who could use the help this project offers.
"This is just an additional tool for the family members who have people that they're caring for like this, Sergeant John Kisner, of the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, said. "This is not to take the place of them being diligent and watching over them, but it is a comfort (tool)."
The 5K is on Sunday, October 21 at White Park in Morgantown.
You can learn more about it here.
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