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KCSO gets grant from Project Lifesaver International for life-saving bracelets

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This is one of the life-saving bracelets in use by Kootenai County. This is one of the life-saving bracelets in use by Kootenai County.
KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is getting a big boost from Project Lifesaver International. The new grant will be going towards equipment and training to help find people with cognitive disorders when they go missing. According to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Project Lifesaver International gave the Sheriff's Office a grant in May.

Lynnell Smith worked with the organization to get the grant. She's a administrative assistant with the 9-11 call center in Coeur d'Alene.

"Just the other day a woman was lost and it took quite a few hours to find her but if we had this they would have found her faster," she explained.

For Smith, it's personal.

"It is dear to my heart because my dad had Alzheimers and he was lost a couple times," She explained. "Your heart just drops and you feel panic and you know...you gotta find him."

Fortunately, after hours of searching they found him in the woods, but the memory of that panic never left her--so when she heard about the program, she did everything she could to get the Sheriff's Office involved.

"And that's why when I saw this I thought if this can help someone else that's the best," she said.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says the way the bracelets work is a watch-sized radio transmitter that helps the Sheriff's Office find them.

In a press release, the Sheriff's Office said, " Nationwide, over 1,400 law enforcement agencies are members of Project Lifesaver, which boasts an average find-time of 30 minutes, over 3,000 successful searches to date, and a 100% success rate. Since the national average for standard search and recovery missions is 9 hours, this high program efficacy dramatically cuts taxpayer dollars spent on search and rescue, frees up officers for other assignments, and saves lives."

if you are interested in enrolling someone in your family, contact Sergeant Will Klinkefus at (208)446-1300.

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