CHATHAM – Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies were able to locate an elderly Chatham man, who is enrolled in Project Lifesaver, after he wandered off from his home.
The sheriff’s office was alerted on Thursday morning by an alarm company advising that there was an alarm activation at his home.
Deputy Toby VanAlstyne was in the area and familiar with the man, so he prepared tracking equipment. An external antenna was mounted on the roof of his patrol car to pick up the radio wave and located the man about a quarter mile away sitting in the wood line next to the road.
Authorities said the man appeared to be in good health and was returned to his home.
Project Lifesaver is a rapid response program that aids victims and their families, when an enrollee with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome or dementia, wanders off. The person is outfitted with a wrist band that emits radio signals that can be tracked.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has been participating in the program since 2009.