Local authorities were able to safely recover a missing vulnerable adult this week thanks to Project LifeSaver, which provides first responders with equipment helping them quickly find individuals who are prone to wandering.
Around 6:30 Wednesday evening, Cortland city police began looking for an 81-year-old man who had last been seen about 45 minutes prior walking on Port Watson Street.
Once they discovered the man is a Project Lifesaver participant, police requested help from the sheriff’s department.
An officer trained in the program was sent to assist and tracked the elderly man down a short time later, who was walking north on Homer Avenue near Fairgrounds Drive.
The man was then turned over safely to a family member.
For more information on Project Lifesaver, residents can visit www.projectlifesaver.org. call the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office at 607-758-5599 or the Office of the Aging at 607-753-5060.