COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is working to keep children with autism in our community safe.
Amerigroup presented the Sheriff's Office with a $6,900 check Wednesday morning at a community breakfast.
They will use the money to help kick off their "Project Lifesaver" initiative in the community which will help to protect children with autism who are at risk of wandering away from home.
On April 4, Muscogee County Sheriff's Office officials will be out at Woodruff Park to show the Project Lifesaver equipment with the community.
Families who believe their child may benefit from one of these locator bands can come out to the event from ten until two and apply to be part of the program.
"Children with autism seem to migrate towards water. So we had a lot of drownings in our area. Not in Columbus, but in the Southeast area. So when the sheriff came in that was one of the things he wanted to look at. When Project Lifesaver was brought to us by the veterans council we jumped right on it to make it happen," Kasey Trombley of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department said.