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Project Lifesaver program March 10

The Seniors of Skaneateles and the Skaneateles Community Center have announced they will jointly sponsor an informational program about "Project Lifesaver," an International Electronic Technology used to locate missing persons suffering from dementia-type disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Autism and Down Syndrome.

Project Lifesaver emphasizes relationships between specially trained Sheriff's Department personnel and the people who may wander. Deputies will conduct a home visit to install the personalized, one-ounce battery operated wristband transmitter, and provide a comprehensive overview of the program to family members. The transmitter emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day, which can be tracked by specially trained personnel on the ground or in the air.

"Project Lifesaver provides comfort to families without compromising the safety or dignity of their loved one," said Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

If a loved one should wander off, a simple call placed to 911 will alert the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department search team. Within minutes the deputies, who have the two receivers, will be deployed to the area where the victim was last seen. If necessary, the Sheriff's Air-1 helicopter, which is equipped with a third receiver, can be utilized to track a signal within a seven-mile radius.

Sen. John DeFrancisco recently said he is "proud to have helped provide funding to make this lifesaving program a reality."

This program will be presented as a public service to residents of Skaneateles and neighboring communities at 7 p.m. Tuesday March 10 at the Skaneateles Community Center, 97 State St.

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