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Bergen sheriff’s ‘Project Lifesaver’ finds missing East Rutherford Alzheimer’s man, 79

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Quick moving officers from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department found a 79-year-old East Rutherford man with Alzheimer’s in Garfield, thanks to the department’s Project Lifesaver Program.

Project Lifesaver International is a rapid response rescue program designed to locate adults and children who have gone missing due to Alzheimers, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related disorders.

Participants are fitted with a lightweight wristband transmitter with its own unique frequency.

BCSO Officers Thomas Braney, Krzysztof Wojtylo, Sean Walker, James Buckley and Vincent Surace responded to the 7:14 p.m. call.

Working with East Rutherford police, they hit the streets.

Just after 8 p.m., they found him — safe and sound — outside a Garfield service station.

“The officers involved in this incident quickly coordinated the search effort, utilized the technology and rescued a senior citizen in danger,” Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino said. “Congratulations to all the officers and the entire Project Lifesaver team.”

If you are the caregiver of an individual with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome or a related disorder and are interested in applying for Project Lifesaver – please call the BCSO’s Community Outreach Unit at  201-336-3540  or CLICK HERE for more information ….

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