Service group donates funds to Valley police

Published 10:03 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

VALLEY — The Alabama Power Service Organization recently donated $660 to the Valley Police Department to help with a purchase of a pair of Project Lifesaver kits.

According to Lisa Roberts with the Alabama Power Service Organization, they had been checking with chapters and people familiar with the program.

They eventually got in touch with Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon, who told them he would like to purchase two Project Lifesaver kits at a cost of $330 each.

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“His request was submitted,” Roberts said, noting it was later approved.

Alabama Power then cut a check for $660 for the purchase.

The kits include bracelets that are used to locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, for example Alzheimer’s patients.

The Alabama Power Service Organization is a nonprofit volunteer organization that includes Alabama Power, Southern Nuclear, SouthernLINC and Southern Company Services employees and their families.

The group has more than 5,500 members and 10 chapters across the state. Each year, the APSO volunteers invest more than 50,000 hours of their time into their communities. It offers service opportunities through a variety of projects. Requests are submitted monthly to the chapter’s board of directors for approval. Members connect to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and typically touch more than 200 groups annually.

Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue program operated internationally by public safety agencies. The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition.