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Dunn County taps into potential life-saving technology


Dunn County (WQOW) - Dunn County taps into technology to improve what can be a life-saving search.

True to its title, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office hopes Project Lifesaver will speed up the search for those who go missing.

Dunn County Patrol Sgt. Chad Pollock, says, "I've participated in grid searches and using a lot of manpower and it takes a long time. Without this equipment, we're basically going in every direction."

But the technology within is much more than what meets the skin. Project lifesaver is geared toward those with a cognitive disability like Alzheimer's, autism, dementia or Down syndrome.

Pollock says, "If the time comes where that person wanders off and the call is made, that the person is missing, we would respond with our equipment and we would be able to pick up the signal from their watch transceiver and would be able to track and locate them."

Tony Manzella, the administrator at The Neighbors of Dunn County, a senior living facility, is familiar with those who have a tendency to wander. 

"We have two or three residents that like to go to the doors quite often so it's not unusual to hear an alarm," explains Manzella.  

He says Project Lifesaver is a good option for those caring for loved ones at home. 

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith, says, "We thought this would be a way to protect the public and especially someone who has a disability."

Pollock says, "It's the ease of mind of knowing, if it happens, we're prepared."

A number of other area counties have project lifesaver including: St.Croix, Pierce and Clark. Eau Claire County does not.

The cost for the service is $300 for the initial purchase, and $10 a month after that. 

It's possible you could receive financial help to pay for it.  To learn more, click here.

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