A community comes together

Now is a good time to take a breath and give, and say, thanks.

Our community came together like it always does. This time, hundreds of public safety personnel and volunteers united in a massive four-day search for a missing woman. Eleanor Alexander, a 78-year-old suffering from dementia, was last seen Friday around 9 p.m. She was found alive a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday, about 300 yards from her home.

Four-wheelers, canine units, horses, helicopters and thermal-imaging devices were used by countless two-legged rescuers in the search. Others not in the wood donated bottled water, food, portable toilets, prayers and so much more.

Trying to list the sheer number of those who took time off to join the search would more than fill this page. And someone would be left off. So let us just tip our hats and thank all those who volunteered.

This is not the first time someone in our county suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism or other related illnesses has walked away from home. It won’t be the last either. The elderly are sometimes like children, they slip away the one second no one is watching.

While not everyone falls into this category, there is support for those requiring 24-hour care. The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has teamed with Project Lifesaver (http://projectlifesaver.org) to provide monitoring devices that can track down missing people.

A device, slightly larger than a watch, is worn on the wrist and sends out an inaudible signal every second. It works up to a mile on the ground and up to five miles from the air. For more information, contact Lt. Stephen Crook at the sheriff’s office at 678-423-6713. More information is also included in a story in today’s edition.

Now that we’ve taken that breath, remember this: Coweta County came together. An elderly woman was saved.

Everyone take a bow.






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