Project Lifesaver moves into Chautauqua County, puts Forestville Dad at ease

FORESTVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Dad from Forestville wants you to know about a tracking device through “Project  Lifesaver.”  It’s worn on your arm or ankle and is offered through the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

For Doug Rumsey, having his son Dave wear a tracking device, gives him peace of mind and allows Dave to have more freedom. It’s something he thinks could help your family too.

Rumsey says his 16-year-old son has a lot of energy and is a lot of fun. But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t worry.

Rumsey said, “we live out in the countryside, and there is a lot of room to run here. Even taking all of the precautions you can, there’s a chance something could happen.”

Dave rumsey has autism, and is the first person in Chautauqua County to get this tracking device through Project Lifesaver.  Rumsey said, “Dave did really well with the idea of a bracelet.  He calls it his watch he can’t see time on!”

The tool through your local sheriff’s office is used in emergency situations only. It’s geared towards tracking people with cognitive conditions if they go missing. For Rumsey, keeping Dave safe is a team effort between his teachers and family members. He said, “When he’s not with me. When he’s out on a school function or even if we’re shopping, it gives me added security.”

Sunday, in Fredonia, a 13-year-old boy with autism wandered off from his parents and was kidnapped. Thankfully he’s okay.

But its a situation where Rumsey says the tracking device could have come in handy.

“The world isn’t as safe as I guess everybody thinks it is, and having a program available to you gives you a sense of security when you’re out that if something does happen like that, that your’e able to call 911 and give them your transponder number for your loved one and find them immediately.”

Rumsey tells us the device is also used for people with Alzheimers.It’s about $350 dollars plus $60 dollars every year after that for batteries. You also need to apply with your local sheriff’s office for a tracking bracelet.

For information through the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, head to this webpage. 

For more general information about Project Lifesaver, head to this webpage. 

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