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February 22, 2014

Launch of new program called LIFE

The Centerville Police Department is excited to announce the release of a new program that will focus on providing better services to the elderly and those with chronic illness. The program, which is free to all participants, is called Lifesaving Information for Emergencies or LIFE. The program is a joint effort between the Centerville Police Department and Mercy Ambulance.

The LIFE program is designed to help the Centerville Police Department and Mercy Ambulance to better assist residents in the event of an emergency. Citizens age 65 or older or anyone suffering from a chronic illness and living on their own are encouraged to provide personal information to the police department. This information will be provided to emergency personnel (police, fire and/or ambulance) to access information concerning medical issues, doctors, emergency contacts, social services and how to gain access to a key for the residence in the event of an emergency.

Participants will be given a sticker that should be placed on the main door of their residence. This will allow emergency personnel to quickly identify their enrollment in the LIFE program. In a life threatening emergency every second counts, and with quicker access to information, you or your loved ones chance of survival increases.

The information that is provided by participants is kept confidential and stored in a secure location at the Law Center. The information is only used if assistance is needed in the case of an emergency.

Sgt. Tyson Howard has spearheaded this program and will be available to speak with community groups or individuals with questions. Andy Mericle and Mike Schultz from Mercy Ambulance provided additional support and played an important part in getting this program in place.

The LIFE program is the first of several new services the police department hopes to offer within the next year. We believe this is a very worthy program and invite any citizen that feels the same way to participate in this free program.

For more information contact Chief Demry or Sgt. Howard at the Law Center by calling (641) 437-7100.

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