- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - An underutilized program provided by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department is seeing increased participation because of interest from parents and families of children with special needs.

Project Lifesaver uses rescue technology, such as tracking bracelets, to keep track of people who have a tendency to wander because of cognitive conditions, such as individuals who have Alzheimer’s.

The Paducah Sun (https://bit.ly/1tNwtJk) reports a recent community event allowed families’ of children with special needs to interact with law enforcement and emergency service personnel and familiarize themselves with their equipment.

That event brought Project Lifesaver to the attention of many, and ultimately increased enrollment.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, enrollment in the program is up to eight, where it at one time had only one participant. Most of the new enrollees are children with special needs.

Trish Topping has enrolled her daughter Lyla, who has autism and is nonverbal. Topping said she was afraid to take her daughter to downtown parades and events, but Project Lifesaver gives her a much more secure state of mind when it comes to Lyla’s safety.

“She can’t speak, so we worried we’d never find her if she ran away,” Topping said.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com


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