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Published September 12, 2013, 05:42 PM

East Grand Forks Police receive grant for Project Lifesaver

The tragic death this summer of Anthony Kuznia, an East Grand Forks child with autism, has resulted in new technology that could help prevent it from happening here again.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

The tragic death this summer of Anthony Kuznia, an East Grand Forks child with autism, has resulted in new technology that could help prevent it from happening here again.

The East Grand Forks Police Department has been been approved for a federal grant that would allow them to invest in tracking devices for people with autism or Alzheimers. The grant comes from a non-profit organization called Project lifesaver that specializes in tracking devices.

Aleisha Coleman -- mother of a child with autism who's wandered from home before -- brought project lifesaver to the police department's attention. After Kuznia's death East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund immediately involved Coleman in helping bring these types of tracking systems to the red river valley. The person in question would wear either an ankle or wrist bracelet and if they wander away, the family simply calls the police department who can track them through the bracelets. Chief Hedlund is excited to avert future tragedies.

"It's definitely going to be a positive, you know even if we wind up using the system one time, it'll more than pay for itself," said Hedlund.

The East Grand Forks city council will vote on the grant next week and if approved -- then the Police Department will be able to formally accept it.

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