Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-315

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 23, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Deputy Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8095

    Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s Rescued by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

    Combination of ground units and helicopter equipped with LoJack search & rescue receivers enables fast rescue.

    • Wednesday
    • October 20, 2010
    • Time: 3:02 PM
    • Hillsborough County
     
    Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s Rescued Within 35 Minutes by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    Using SafetyNet by LoJack System


    On October 20th 2010, a 75-year-old male resident of Hillsborough County who has Alzheimer’s disease went out for a walk with his wife, went missing and did not return home. Upon realizing that he was missing, his wife immediately called 911 and informed the dispatcher that the missing person was enrolled in SafetyNet by LoJack, a service that enables public safety agencies to more quickly find and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who are prone to wandering and becoming lost. The service is comprised of the SafetyNet Bracelet worn by a client that emits Radio Frequency signals, which can be tracked by local public safety officials via their SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers.

    Upon receiving the call, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) dispatcher immediately accessed the SafetyNet database, obtained the missing man’s unique Radio Frequency number, as well as his photograph and physical description. This information was given to the office’s trained officials for use in their ground and aviation units. Within only 30 minutes, ground units equipped with LoJack Search and Rescue Receivers picked up a signal from the missing man’s bracelet, which was radioed to the already in-flight HCSO helicopter. The helicopter picked up a strong signal and within minutes, spotted the missing man walking along the street several blocks from his Valrico home. The air unit radioed the man’s location to ground units, which rescued the man who was later returned home unharmed.

    This is the second rescue made by HCSO using SafetyNet’s technology and equipment. The SafetyNet service, which has been available to residents in Hillsborough County since September 2009, provides peace of mind to caregivers of people at risk of wandering by using the most effective technology available today for public safety agencies.

    For more information on SafetyNet by LoJack, please contact (877) 4-FINDTHEM (877-434-6384), visit www.safetynetbylojack.com or follow SafetyNet on Twitter or Facebook.
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