Rotarians Learn About Operation Lifesaver

FULTON, NY – Rotarian Tom Abelgore introduced Roger Fox to the Fulton Rotary Club at a recent luncheon meeting.

Roger heads up the Oswego County Search and Rescue Team.

Roger explained some new technology called “Operation Lifesaver.”

Roger Fox, left, and Tom Abelgore
Roger Fox, left, and Tom Abelgore

More than five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s and related disorders.

Much more than 50% of these people wander and become lost.

Children with autism also wander from their homes.

Search and Rescue people know that nearly half of those who wander will die and many become injured if they are not located in 24 hours.

In project Lifesaver each participant is fitted with a personalized wristband that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day.

This signal can be tracked by specially trained personnel on the ground and in the air.

In more than 2,800 searches conducted nationally in the past year, there have been no reports of serious injuries to persons who have gone missing, nor have any fatalities been reported.

The cost of the wristband and monthly battery replacement for the first year is $325.

In subsequent years, the cost for the battery replacement is $10 per month.

People interested in protecting their children or adult “wanders” with such a device should contact the Oswego County 911 Office.