Elderly Man with Alzheimer’s Rescued Within 35 Minutes by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Using SafetyNet® Tracking System
Rescue Story 10/20/2010
On October 20, 2010, a 75-year-old male resident of Hillsborough County, FL 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® Tracking Systems, 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.
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 SafetyNet 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.