Project Lifesaver protects those at risk for wandering

Vigo County first responders launched a new program that's saving time and potentially lives. That's thanks to one local woman, Erin Withers, who inspired the cause.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2018 10:56 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Vigo County first responders launched a new program that's saving time and potentially lives.

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That's thanks to one local woman, Erin Withers, who inspired the cause. We're talking about Project Lifesaver.

Withers fought for this program for three years. Now, it's paying off.

The Terre Haute Police Department is happy to announce police haven’t need to use it yet to search for a lost child or adult. This is the goal at the end of the day.

It's a tracking device for children or adults to wear who suffer from autism, Alzheimers or dementia.

They wear a bracelet and can be tracked immediately by law enforcement.

It costs $5,000 for the county to launch the program, including the equipment.

Families who need it pay $80 for a one time charge and then $20 a month for the GPS bracelet.

For Erin Withers, there's no price tag she can put on the safety of her two children with severe autism.

Her battle to spread the program is far from over.

"I think some of these smaller counties need to be more open-minded and look at the bigger picture because if you can't afford Project Lifesaver how can you afford searching for these people?” said Withers. “Because it's way more expensive to do that.”

If you or someone you know is eligible, you should contact Ryan Adamson with the Terre Haute Police Department. He can be reached at ryan.adamson@terrehaute.in.gov

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