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Press Release: Town Launches Project Lifesaver

For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release

May 27, 2010

Town of Clarkstown Launches Project Lifesaver

 

(New City, NY) Supervisor Alex Gromack, Councilman George Hoehmann, and Police Chief Peter Noonan announced today at a press conference that the Town of Clarkstown is launching Project Lifesaver, a public safety program designed to use technology in assisting those who care for individuals with cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and Downs Syndrome who become missing due to wandering. 

 

The Project Lifesaver program places personalized radio transmitters on identified persons who may wander away from the safety of their homes.  These transmitters assist caregivers and local emergency agencies in locating those individuals.   

 

“This is a vital tool for our Police Department in finding our missing residents,” said Supervisor Alex Gromack.  “I am proud that the Town of Clarkstown is the first Town in Rockland County to institute Project Lifesaver.”

 

Project Lifesaver is a non-profit organization created in 1999 in Virginia.  Since its creation 2,126 people enrolled in the program have been rescued.  The family or guardian of an at risk person who meets the criteria can sign up for Project Lifesaver through Town Clerk David Carlucci’s Office. 

 

“The Town and our exceptional police force now has the necessary technology that will enable our police to better protect the most vulnerable people in our community,” said Councilman George Hoehmann.  “I encourage residents to contact the Town Clerk for more information about this program.”

 

Other organizations attended including: Jill Warner, Executive Director of Jawonio; Dante Giordano, Director of Staff Training and Development, Camp Venture; Alzheimer’s Association, and a number of parents of disabled children. 

 

“Thanks to the Town of Clarkstown, the Supervisor and Town Board for bringing this important initiative to our community, wherever people with disabilities or special needs can be supported through technology or communications access is an improvement that is always welcome,” said Jill Warner, Executive Director of Jawonio.

 

Residents can visit www.town.clarkstown.ny.us and click Town Clerk for more information.

 

Pictures available upon request.

 

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