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Making sure lost children, seniors have best chance of being found

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on January 6, 2009 1:46 PM

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Jennifer Avery sits with her 4-year-old son Joey, who has autism, as he displays the Care Trak tracking device that he wears on his ankle. The personal tracking system is the crux of a new partnership between the Arrington and Mar-Mac volunteer fire departments and North Carolina Project Lifesaver, a search and rescue task force that uses Care Trak to locate children and adults with special needs who wander away from home.

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News-Argus/GREG SOUSA

Four-year-old Joey Avery, who suffers from autisim, displays the Care Trak tracking device that he wears on his ankle. The personal tracking system is the crux of a new partnership between the Arrington and MarMac Volunteer Fire Departments and North Carolina Project Lifesaver, a search and rescue task force that uses Care Trak to locate children and adults with special needs who wander away from home.

It might look like a cheap, stripped-down plastic watch, but the Care Trak device strapped to 4-year-old Joey Avery's ankle cost about $240. The boxy receiver that works with the little bracelet resembles a clunky handheld radio and costs more...

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