The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

February 18, 2014

Centerville police starting new program

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville Police Department is dedicated to providing better assistance with the people it serves.

To help the elderly and those with chronic illness, CPD and Mercy Ambulance have joined forces and implemented a new program called Lifesaving Information for Emergencies (LIFE). The program is free, and it is designed to better assist residents during an emergency by aquiring medical information before an emergency happens.

Citizens who are 65 or older or anyone with a chronic illness who lives alone can provide information to CPD regarding medical issues, doctors, emergency contacts, social services and how to gain access to the person’s residence in case of an emergency. This information will then be provided to emergency personell so they can provide assistance more efficiently.

Those who participate in the program will receive a sticker to put on their front door, which will help emergency crews identify they are in the program. Keep in mind all of the information provided to CPD will be kept confidential and stored at a secure location at the Centerville Law Center.

According to a press release issued by CPD, Sgt. Tyson Howard has spearheaded the program, along with Andy Mericle and Mike Schultz of Mercy Ambulance.

The LIFE program is just one of many new services CPD will be offering within the next year, according to the news release. For more information or to sign up for the program, contact Howard or Chief Tom Demry at the Law Center, 641-437-7100.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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