It's a story we broke back in April and now Lubbock County has made it official. Project Lifesaver is now on the South Plains and starting Tuesday people will be able to start signing up.
It's just a simple bracelet but when placed on children with disabilities or people with Alzheimer's disease it acts as a locating device. The GPS technology, it makes it easy to help identify and locate them if they go missing.
Project Lifesaver just completed its 1700 rescue nationwide. So far this project is perfect, having a 100 percent recovery rate. Monday at the county commissioners meeting they approved an agreement between Lubbock County and the Pilot Club of Lubbock to work together to bring Project Lifesaver to us.
Monday first responders practiced with the equipment to track down one of the GPS bracelets. Tuesday the bracelets will be available to the public to sign up their loved ones through the Sheriff's office.
The average missing person search takes around nine hours, but with project lifesaver the search can last just 20 minutes. Depending on family needs and circumstances there could be a $25.00 charge but the pilot club does not want to say no to anyone.
What makes this project so great is that it is not going to cost the county anything. Through a grant and fundraising the Pilot Club of Lubbock was able to get all the funds together. Right now they already have ten bracelets spoken for, and hope to sign up more.
"If they have a loved one who is missing that time is going to seem like an eternity. If its five minutes or if it's an hour so we would encourage them to please contact us for their own piece of mind to keep their loved ones safe and bring them home safely and that is our goal," said Pilot Club President Becky Hudson.
To apply for a Project Lifesaver bracelet contact the Lubbock County Sheriff's Academy at 775-1466.
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