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Published September 17, 2013, 09:22 PM

East Grand Forks City Council approves grant for tracking system

The East Grand Forks City Council approved Tuesday night the receipt of a grant to fund a tracking system for those with disabilities.

By: Robb Jeffries, Grand Forks Herald

The East Grand Forks City Council approved Tuesday night the receipt of a grant to fund a tracking system for those with disabilities.

The grant, from nonprofit group Project Lifesaver, was sought by the East Grand Forks Police Department following the disappearance and death of Anthony Kuznia, an 11-year-old boy with autism.

Families who enroll in the program would receive a tracking device to go around a person’s wrist or ankle, typically people with autism or Alzheimer’s disease who are prone to wandering. The grant will provide tracking equipment to the police department, along with training on how to use the system.

Police Chief Mike Hedlund said he is unsure if the grant includes wristbands for interested families, or when the department will be able to begin offering the service.

Alesha Coleman, whose 5-year-old son wandered from home earlier this year, turned the department on to the Project Lifesaver program and has raised more than $1,000 that she said can be used to buy wrist units for families in need.

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