Sheriff's Office Still Spreading Word On Lifesaver Bracelets

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By Catalina Trivino

Butler County sheriff's deputies say Project Lifesaver isn't going so well... they say that's because there needs to be more awareness of how the program can help people.

It's been seven months since Butler County started Project Lifesaver, which is meant to find wandering Alzheimers or Dementia patients. The program is meant to help all these people, yet only 4 bracelets have been given out.

Dozens of Project Lifesaver bracelets... and most of them aren't on wrists. It's a problem the Butler County Sheriff's Office is trying to solve by continuing to get the word out.

"It's something that we do need in this county and I think there's a lot of people out there that has a need for it but just hasn't come forward, so we're still trying to get the word out anytime we go somewhere. Anytime we go somewhere we talk about Project Lifesaver," Said Butler County Sheriff, Kenny Harden.

Project Lifesaver is a program that places personalized radio transmitters on people who have conditions that cause them to wander. And authorities say these bracelets allow them to find these patients within minutes.

The Sheriff's Office has spent about $7,000 in equipment, but Harden says only four bracelets are being put to good use.

"I haven't ever heard of them. I think it's a good idea for them and, you know, anybody that's got dementia or anything. And I know some people that's got it and it'd be a good idea to have it," Said Greenville resident, Pat Anderson.

But if you're skeptical about getting a bracelet, Harden has a message for you...

"If you have a loved one that has a wandering disease, contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office and lets get a bracelet put on that person. Show that person that you do love them and protect them," Said Harden.

If you're interested in getting a bracelet the Sheriff's Office is asking for a $300 donation, as well as a $6 monthly fee to swap the batteries and bracelet -- but if you can't afford it, not to worry -- a bracelet will still be provided for you.

If you would like to make a donation to Project Lifesaver or want to find out more, you can call the Butler County Sheriff's office at 334-382-6521.