HAGERSTOWN -- Deputy 1st Class Dan Watson was "found" Friday morning in Hagerstown's City Park by a search party using Project Lifesaver antennae to hone in on his location.
Watson, who was playing the part of a missing person, and the law enforcement officers who found him, were taking part in a demonstration of Project Lifesaver. The program uses radio transmitters and receivers to locate and rescue program participants.
It's designed for people who have a diagnosed cognitive disorder, said Lynn Deibert, the Project Lifesaver coordinator for Washington County. In Washington County, the devices are used by autistic children, people with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's patients.
She runs the program through Many Individuals Helping Individuals (MIHI).
Project Lifesaver was first used in Washington County on Sunday, when a 71-year-old woman of "diminished capacity" walked away from her home in the first block of East Baltimore Street around 10 a.m.