RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) – An elderly Rapid City man is safe thanks to the sharp eye of a Pennington County MP.
The man was reported missing by his wife around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The last time she saw him was around 10 p.m. the night before when she went to bed.
When the report came in, the Sheriff's Office started monitoring devices that were used to find missing people in the Project Lifesaver program.
According to a PCSO publication, Deputy Dan Rose spotted the man a few blocks from his home in the Grandview Elementary playground. The man is reported to be fine.
Project Lifesaver is used for 24/7 people who are at risk of getting lost. It is designed to find missing people with dementia, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome and other related problems. The nurse completes an application and meets with the sheriff's office in Pennington County. The person is equipped with a bracelet. The transmitter, receiver, antenna and headphones are kept at home or in the office.
"This gentleman was found safe," said Lieutenant Dustin Morrison, "but he underlines a unique program that could help many in Pennington County." Project Lifesaver can make all the difference when it comes to finding a vulnerable person who moves away. "
PCSO volunteers change the batteries every six weeks. The monitor is usually worn on the person's ankle. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office currently has two groups of volunteers who oversee 14 units. A total of 18 units are available.