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New ECSO program could be a lifesaver
Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Pete Hossalla shows how to use the Project Lifesaver tools to deputies. Project Lifesaver is expected to allow the ECSO to track missing Alzheimer’s and autism patients faster. - photo by Special to the Herald
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has in place a new program that could help track missing Alzheimer’s and autism patients.
The ECSO is now a part of Project Lifesaver, which allows family members of Alzheimer’s patients and those with autism to be equipped with personalized wrist bands. The wristbands emit a tracking signal and if someone with a wristband wanders off, caregivers can call 911, alerting trained search teams to be brought in. 
According to statistics, more than 50 percent of people with Alzheimer’s wander and become lost. Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said having
Project Lifesaver will be an “astronomical” help.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.