Police used its Project Lifesaver, a tracking device that can be used to located missing people how have a tendency to wander, to find a young boy who had wandered near a water pit at a construction site.
Around 5 p.m., Monday Sept. 14, Fargo Police asked the West Fargo Police Department for help in finding the boy, who is enrolled in Project Lifesaver.
West Fargo enrolled in Project Lifesaver in 2018, which is a public safety search and rescue program for people with cognitive conditions that cause the propensity to wander. The city offers the program to the public for free through the David Lemi Scholarship Fund. Lemi, 6, wandered from his home and downed in a nearby retaining pool.
Monday, the boy became separated from his mother near 45th Street S. and 32nd Avenue S. in Fargo.
The West Fargo Police tracked him to a construction zone in the area of 3400 41st St. S. where they found him at the edge of a water pit in a construction zone. The boy was reunited with his mother and was not injured.
“This was a classic use of the Project Lifesaver program,” said West Fargo Police Department Sgt. Terry Styf, Program Coordinator in a release. “Technology, training, timing and teamwork brought the juvenile home safely and we are so thankful to be able to offer this to the community.”