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Published August 12, 2013, 04:02 PM

East Grand Forks boy's death renews interest in Project Lifesaver

The recent drowning of an East Grand Forks boy with autism has sparked renewed interest for preventative measures in the area.

The recent drowning of an East Grand Forks boy with autism has sparked renewed interest for preventative measures in the area.

On Monday, law enforcement authorities in East Grand Forks met with Alesha Coleman, the mother of a child with autism who also walked away from home recently. They discussed ways to bring Project Lifesaver to the Red River Valley. Project Lifesaver is an organization that provides GPS trackers for people with cognitive disorders. Once those in question leave a designated zone, the tracker alerts authorities.

Officials are speaking with sources in surrounding areas that have used tracking systems before. There is a question of funding the 4,000 dollar installation fee and monthly payments. Project Lifesaver does offer a grant application and the police department plans on applying for it. Police Chief Mike Hedlund says this isn't something they'll give up on.

"We have every intention of moving forward with this project, we're just trying to figure out the best fit for our community and our needs," said Hedlund.

Kuznia's family will be donating some money from a memorial fund to Project Lifesaver.

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