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MISSING BRENTWOOD MAN WITH ALZHEIMER’S FOUND USING LOCATOR TECHNOLOGY IN 3 MINUTES
(Posted: Monday, Aug 06, 2018)

MISSING BRENTWOOD MAN WITH ALZHEIMER’S FOUND USING LOCATOR TECHNOLOGY IN 3 MINUTES

 

A missing Brentwood man was located in just 3 minutes by Deputy Sheriffs using Project Lifesaver locator equipment.

On Thursday, August 2, 2018, at 1918 hours, Christina Pierre-Louis notified the Sheriff’s Office that her husband, a registered Project Lifesaver client, had gone missing. Specially trained Deputy Sheriffs arrived at 1932 hours to the area that Martial Pierre-Louis, 79, was last seen. Utilizing a vehicle antenna (omni), Deputy Sheriff John Hornick detected a signal from Mr. Pierre-Louis’ personal locator device and switched to his handheld directional equipment (yagi antenna). Deputy Sheriff Hornick was able to locate Mr. Pierre-Louis on Wicks Road (just south of Merrill Road) approximately 1.4 miles from his residence at 1935 hours, just 3 minutes after arriving in the area. Mr. Pierre-Louis was uninjured and returned home to his wife at 1950 hours.

Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr. stated, “In these situations, time can literally be the difference between life and death. The national average for locating Project Lifesaver clients is 30 minutes. Locating similarly situated missing persons without this lifesaving technology in place averages 9 hours.”

About Project Lifesaver:

The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver program is a countywide emergency response locator service capable of finding individuals diagnosed with cognitive impairments, which may cause them to wander and become lost. The program combines radio technology and specially trained search and rescue personnel from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office.

Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver personnel are specially trained not only in search and rescue with the use of the electronic tracking equipment, but also in the methods necessary to communicate with a person who has a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome, or other cognitive impairments. To be eligible for Project Lifesaver, clients must be a resident of Suffolk County and have a physician confirmed cognitive impairment. For more information about the program, visit www.suffolksheriff.com, or call the Sheriff’s Office at (631) 852-3003.


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