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‘Project Lifesaver’ helps Bergen sheriff’s officers, police, find missing woman in no time

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST : The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s “Project Lifesaver” helped rescue an elderly North Arlington woman less than an hour after she’d wandered off and gotten lost — underscoring the benefits, Sheriff Michael Saudino said, of the special program.

Lyndhurst police called the sheriff’s department after the woman was reported missing.

Fortunately, she was wearing the special, lighweight wristband — equipped with a radio transmitter — that helps locate adults and children who have Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome, dementia and other related disorders.

BCSO Officer Thomas Braney and Investigator Daniel Schauermann teamed up with Lyndhurst Police Officers Robert Fernandez, Charles Giangeruso and Lt. Michael Carrino to find the woman, who was then picked up by Rutherford EMS, Saudino said.

“This is an excellent example of cooperation between local law enforcement and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office,” said

“The technology wouldn’t have been available without the Sheriff’s Office – we feel very fortunate to have had their support,” Lyndhurst Police Chief James O’Connor said.

“The officers involved in this incident quickly coordinated their efforts, utilized the technology and rescued a senior citizen in danger,” Saudino added.

A non-profit founded by police officers for their brethren, Project Lifesaver PLI provides equipment, training, certification and support to more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

If you are a caregiver of an individual with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down Syndrome or a related disorder and are interested in applying for Project Lifesaver: Call the BCSO’s Community Outreach Unit to request an application: 201.336.3540.

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