Enrolling in Project Lifesaver to protect Roanoke Valley kids with cognitive disorders

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Police Department shared additional information about the Project Lifesaver Project, which WFXR News told you about earlier this week after the department entered eight-year-old Cecelia Patterson in the program following her disappearance.

Cecelia went missing from her northwest Roanoke home late on Monday, May 31, but then she was found the following afternoon and the department gave her the Project Lifesaver device.

The person wearing the device is given a number to help identify them. It can then be worn around a person’s leg or wrist. The Project Lifesaver device uses radio waves to help authorities locate the missing person no matter the weather.

“As you start to get closer you’ll switch over, and you’ll tell you’re getting closer because it’s going to get a lot louder and it will come up to the 10 right here,” said Detective Katrina Romano with the Roanoke Police Department. “And that’s how you know you’re getting closer to where that transmitter actually is and then you keep going from there. As you get closer and closer it will get louder and louder and you’ll tell that you’re right on top of it.”

The department says there are currently 20 people enrolled in the program in Roanoke City. There are also about 20 users in Roanoke County.

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