EGF Police want help bringing Project Lifesaver to Grand Forks, EGF areaA 2011 study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network found that 49 percent of children with autism are four times more likely to wander away from a safe environment.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
A 2011 study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network found that 49 percent of children with autism are four times more likely to wander away from a safe environment. After the Anthony Kuznia tragedy this week, the East Grand Forks police department is taking action to try to prevent similar situations from happening again.
East Grand Forks chief of Police, Mike Hedlund has begun looking into Project Lifesaver, an organization that specializes in GPS trackers for people with cognitive disorders. Alesha Coleman, the mother of an autistic child in East Grand Forks had mentioned project lifesaver to police in the past. Her son disappeared for an hour last Saturday and with the recent tragedy of Anthony Kuznia, she's begun pushing again.
Project lifesaver is a non-profit organization that provides police and first responders with the equipment and training to locate "at risk" individuals with cognitive disorders. Coleman explains it as a GPS tracker that alerts police dispatch once the person in question leaves a specified zone.
Hedlund and Coleman are meeting Monday to try to find ways of funding project lifesaver. Coleman has started a Facebook page called "bring GPS tracking to the grand cities". Coleman says it's for concerned citizens who want to help bring Project lifesaver to the grand forks, east grand forks area.