On September 9, 2013, the Walton High School Anchor Club in partnership with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a fundraiser to benefit Project Lifesaver. Over $1,000.00 was raised which went towards the purchase of two tracking receivers to recover a loved one who may wander due to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism and dementia. Each person who is signed up for Project Lifesaver will receive a bracelet that emits an individualized six digit code that is maintained by the Sheriff’s Office and the loved ones family. If the Project Lifesaver member wanders, a family member can call the Sheriff’s Office, give the six digit number and trained members of the Sheriff’s Office will use both receivers to triangulate the position by inputting the six digit tracking code from the bracelet. Checks are done once a month by the Sheriff’s Office personnel to make sure the bracelet and receivers are transmitting properly. The Walton High School Anchor Club and the Sheriff’s Office will continue to work together to raise money to buy more bracelets in hopes to bring more people into the program. The goal is to also expand to retirement facilities and reach out to families who may have a loved one that suffers from dementia or have an autistic child.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone interested in the Project Lifesaver Program to contact Lt Danny Garner or Volunteer Coordinator Leah Snaith at 850-892-8186 for more information. Project Lifesaver International also provides additional information about the program at www. projectlifesaver.org.
Pictured is Leah Snaith, Volunteer Coordinator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office