Sheriff says bracelets could save lives in Brunswick County

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is talking about a program called Project Lifesaver, and Sheriff John Ingram told us today he thinks it will definitely live up to its name.

“It’s been used nationally and internationally by several agencies,” Ingram said.

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Project Lifesaver is a little piece of technology that can do a lot of good.

“This program was designed to outfit a small tracking device, similar to that of a watch, on a persons wrist or ankle in the event that they wandered off from their caregiver to hopefully be able to locate them quickly,” Ingram said.

The band is for people with dementia, autism, or other cognitive disorders, and although no one has been found using the bands in Brunswick County yet, the Sheriff said he truly believes that it will save lives.

The bracelet is free to folks who qualify.

“It’s funded solely with donations, and the South Brunswick Pilot Club being our largest donor,” Ingram said.

To qualify you must live in Brunswick County, must be clinically diagnosed with a disorder, have a full time caregiver, and cannot have access to a vehicle. No one is too young or too old to qualify.

“We get to know the clients on the system or involved in this program, we get to know them personally. They become kinda like part of the family,” Ingram said.

The technology works off of radar rather than GPS. Deputies said radar is more reliable as it will not be disturbed by buildings or wooded areas.