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Project Lifesaver helps deputies find Alzheimer's patient

(Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Chatham County Sheriff's Office deputies used Project Lifesaver tracking devices to successfully locate an elderly woman with Alzheimer's Disease on Wednesday afternoon. 

Project Lifesaver on-call deputies were alerted at about 2:17 p.m. Wednesday that an 82-year-old woman had walked away from her daughter's home in the 1800 block of East Gwinnett Street. Nearly two dozen deputies responded along with the Chatham County Mosquito Control helicopter and pilot Scott Yekel.

From the helicopter, Sgt. James Moore and Yekel determined that the woman was in the Strathmore Estates neighborhood.  At  2:48 p.m., they located her in the 2200 block of Iowa Street. Deputies returned her home safely.

This is the first time a Project Lifesaver client in Chatham County has been found using Project Lifesaver equipment, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office joined the Project Lifesaver program in 2009, which serves 36 clients, including senior citizens with Alzheimer's and dementia and children with autism and Down Syndrome.  

To find out more about the Chatham County Sheriff's Office Project Lifesaver program go to www.chathamsheriff.org.

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