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Project Lifesaver Activation Delivers Happy Ending

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reported that a recent Project Lifesaver activation resulted with a happy ending.

Yesterday at approximately 4 p.m., the city of Syracuse Police Department responded to a missing person complaint in the city's Tipp Hill area.

Missing was a 91 year old Alzheimer's patient enrolled in Onondaga County's Project Lifesaver, who had wandered from his residence.

A Project Lifesaver activation was immediately dispatched calling sheriff's deputies, assigned to the Project Lifesaver Response Team, to assist members of the Syracuse Police Department search for the missing 91 year

old man. The Onondaga County Sheriff's Air-1 helicopter was also called to locate and track the electronic signal

transmitted by the participant's wristband.

A short time later, the missing person was located at the sheriff's headquarters, located at 407 South State St.

Deputies learned that a concerned citizen noticed the 91 year old man appeared to be disoriented near Park Avenue and drove him to the Sheriff's building.

Project Lifesaver is a public safety program specifically designed to locate missing persons who suffer from dementia

type disorders. Currently there are more than 40 clients enrolled in Onondaga County's Project Lifesaver. Anyone interested in learning more about the program or wishing to enroll a loved one can contact the sheriff's office, by calling 435-3044.

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