Approximately 125 people ranging in age from 4 to 81 across Norfolk County are signed up for the program, which uses electronic bracelets that can be tracked with sophisticated equipment manufactured by LoJack SafetyNet.
“We have a search-and-rescue team on call around the clock to respond when someone is reported lost. The key to the program’s success is the quick response and ‘find time,’” Sheriff Bellotti said. “Since we brought Project Lifesaver into the region in 2004, 31 Norfolk County clients have been reported lost, and all have been found within 30 minutes of our being notified.”
More information and eligibility guidelines for Project Lifesaver can be obtained by calling the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office at 781-751-3474.
“I’m proud to serve as the Massachusetts statewide coordinator for Project Lifesaver because this program truly does save lives.
“Project Lifesaver helps people with Alzheimer’s disease or autism or any medical condition that causes a tendency to wander away from home and become lost. If the person is wearing the Project Lifesaver electronic bracelet, we can locate them quickly by using sophisticated electronic tracking equipment.
“Finding them quickly is the key, especially in our region with its harsh New England winters and fast-changing weather throughout the year. In each and every search situation that we’ve been involved in since teaming up with Project Lifesaver in 2004, the person has been found in 30 minutes or less.
“And now that LoJack/SafetyNet has become a local partner with Project Lifesaver, our equipment has cutting-edge technology that keeps your loved ones as safe as they can possibly be.”
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT PROJECT LIFESAVER:
Chief Steven William of Franklin, Mass.: “The first save we had, we found the man in only 16 minutes, and he was over six miles from home. It certainly provides peace of mind to the families, but also to us. We have almost a dozen people on our system, and we’ve actually had two saves here in Franklin. Sheriff Bellotti was the first to bring it to us, and I can’t say enough good things about it.”
Michelle, the mother an autistic child: “Why wouldn’t you want to keep your child as safe as possible? Hopefully we’ll never have to use it, but the peace of mind of knowing that it’s there in case she darts away is worth it.”