Sheriff Erdman says donation is 'just wonderful.'

    Polk County’s Project Lifesaver recently received a donation from the “Ride the Wind for Wendy” memorial motorcycle ride in honor of Wendy (Shereck) Reitmeier. The annual ride traveled 108 miles during their August 2018 gathering.

    Reitmeier was an employee of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

    Project Lifesaver LLC was implemented in March 2017 by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Mounted Posse, that also compliments the East Grand Forks Police Department, to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, Down Syndrome and other cognitive issues.

    Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman told the Times that the donation was “just wonderful” and that there are currently three people enrolled in the county’s Project Lifesaver.

    “This is a good program and just another tool in the tool chest,” Erdman explained. “It helps keep someone safe who might be vulnerable.”

    “It’s very generous of them (motorcycle ride organizers) to donate those proceeds; nicely done in her memory,” she added.

    Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around their wrist or ankle that emits an individualized location 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.

    Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes - 95 percent less time than standard Search and Rescue operations.

    Project Lifesaver has over 1,400 participating member agencies throughout 48 states in the U.S. along with participants in six providences in Canada and Australia. Project Lifesaver has performed 3,000 searches over the last 16 years with no serious injuries or fatalities reported.

    To sign up with Project Lifesaver, the client must be enrolled with Social Services in Polk County or obtain a doctor’s prescription, and have a 24-hour caregiver and no access to a vehicle.

    For more information, contact Jill Potucek or Sgt. Randall Sondrol at 281-0431.