Guardian Angel Program Created For Payson's Elderly

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You're elderly or ill, you live alone, there is an emergency, and you can't get to the telephone.

What do you do?

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The fund-raising force behind the Payson Fire Department's Guardian Angel Personal Assistance Security System program includes (from left) Hugh Duke, Don Philippe, Paul Shields and Irene McMahon of the Lutheran Brotherhood; Carol Longacre, Bruce Van Camp, Doug Morton and Chief John Ross of the Payson Fire Department.

Answer: Don't wait for the above scenario to unfold. Instead, contact the Payson Fire Department and ask about their free Guardian Angel program.

Guardian Angel units are pendants worn around the neck, similar to some medical alert devices. At the push of a button, it will automatically call up to four neighbors or friends and allow the wearer to verbally communicate the type of aid required.

Since the call does not go to a monitoring station, there is no monthly fee to maintain the units.

But even better, several Guardian Angels are available to local residents for free, thanks to the Payson Fire Depart-ment/Rehab Unit and the Lutheran Brotherhood Cactus Wren Branch No. 8437 which together for the third year in a row raised more than $1,000 to purchase the units.

"These are potentially life-saving devices," Payson Fire Chief John Ross said. "They are very important for helping citizens alert neighbors that they may be in need of care. If there is a problem, the neighbors can respond. If it is more severe, the neighbors can call 911 speeding up the overall notification process so we can minimize injuries and the effects of illnesses. The fire department and the citizens appreciate what the Lutheran Brotherhood does regarding our fund-raising so we can buy these invaluable devices."

The Guardian Angel system installs in minutes and involves no wires.

Also, the pendant is water-resistant, so it can be worn in the shower or bath tub.

For more information, or to learn more about obtaining a Guardian Angel unit, contact Carol Longacre at the Payson Fire Department, 474-5242, ext. 300.

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