Our opinion: Project Lifesaver a great asset to the community

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Some residents of Marengo County are able to rest their heads at night and not worry as much about their loved ones&8217; safety because of a group of women who cared. The Demopolis Pilot Club, whose focus is to support efforts for people affected by brain disorders and disabilities with volunteer activities, projects and fundraisers, has raised the funds necessary to start Marengo County Project Lifesaver, a life saving rescue program that uses a GPS device to track people who have Alzheimer&8217;s, autism, Down syndrome or who are nonverbal that may have wandered from their home. They began fundraising for the cause in July 2007. In this short period of time, the club collected donations from municipalities, civic clubs and businesses and last week the first official wristband transmitter was fastened.

In October, the Project Lifesaver Search and Rescue Team consisting of area law enforcement began training with the equipment.

Because of these diligent efforts, many lives will be changed in the community. Not only is there a chance to save a person&8217;s life with the device, but also the program allows the program participants&8217; families a little more peace of mind from day-to-day.

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We commend the Pilot Club for their commitment to this project and the club, organizations and municipalities who supported this project.