Brandon, FL Resident Suffering from Dementia Located More Than a Mile Away From Home by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Using SafetyNet® Tracking System
Rescue Story 10/31/2012
A 68-year-old male resident from Brandon, FL who suffers from dementia, was rescued last night after he went missing. He ended up wandering approximately 1.5 miles away from his home.
The gentleman was just enrolled in SafetyNet earlier in the day at 4:49pm. Less than two hours later he was declared missing by his caregiver and deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office set out to find him. The deputies picked up a signal from the SafetyNet bracelet and started checking the area by foot. They began receiving a stronger signal near a church. The deputies asked the church staff to help them locate the missing man. He was found sitting inside of the church and was returned home to his caregiver safe and sound. His caregiver was unaware that he was leaving for the church.
The SafetyNet service enables public safety agencies to quickly find and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who are prone to wandering and becoming lost. The service is comprised of a 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.