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Oneida County Sheriff's Office becomes a Project Lifesaver memberSubmitted: 12/12/2017
Ryan Sandberg
Ryan Sandberg
Meteorologist/News Producer
rsandberg@wjfw.com

Oneida County Sheriff's Office becomes a Project Lifesaver member
RHINELANDER - Police and families always hope to find their loved ones safe if they disappear. But in rural counties, it can be difficult to find lost people quickly.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office recently became a Project Lifesaver member. The project helps law enforcement find people who are more prone to wandering away and getting lost.

Families can apply on behalf of their loved ones.

"It's a bracelet program that we're able to put on people who tend to wander such as Alzheimer's patients or kids with autism," said Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman.

Clients who wear the bracelet transmit a signal at all times. That signal can then be specifically picked up by a tracking device.

"It's actually used by a radio frequency. So it has a radio frequency number. And on the tracking device, we actually program that in," said Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof.

The county started looking into Project Lifesaver earlier this year. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office says this program will help families keep their loved ones safe.


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