CENTRAL SQUARE, NY — Trooper Christopher Gibbs, SP Hastings responded to the Roxberry Estates Mobile Home Park in the town of Hastings at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, for a report of an 11-year-old autistic boy who had been missing for approximately one hour.
Oswego County 911 advised that the boy was a participant with the Project Lifesaver Program. Immediately upon arrival at the residence, Trooper Gibbs confirmed the boy was a participant in the program and deployed his equipment. Within five minutes, the boy was located, approximately a half mile from his residence, inside of a vehicle at a car dealership. The boy was in good health and reunited with his family.
Trooper Gibbs’s training with Project Lifesaver and quick response to the incident led to the quick recovery of the child.
Project Lifesaver International is a multi-agency program that provides electronic tracking for persons at risk including young children with autism who often wander and elderly persons with dementia. Many agencies in Oswego County including the New York State Police, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, city of Oswego, city of Fulton as well as the village police departments all have personnel trained in the Project Lifesaver program.
For more information on the program visit www.projectlifesaver.org/