VIRGINIA BEACH -- Former Mayor Meyera Oberndorf became Project Lifesaver's newest client Tuesday.
Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program designed for those “at risk” due to conditions that make them "prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering," according to a press statement by Virginia Beach Police.
In February, her family announced that the 72-year-old is battling Alzheimer's Disease. That newss came on the heels of her husband Rodger's death in October 2012.
Police Chief Jim Cervera said in an email responding to the news, "This speaks volumes for the credibility of the program and for Mayor Oberndorf and her desire to continue to be a model for our City."
Project Lifesaver clients wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area.
According to the Project Lifesaver website, most people who wander are found within a few miles from home and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.