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Bumper stickers to aid emergency personnel

The Hillsdale Daily News - 5/26/2019

May 25-- May 25--Color-coded bumper stickers aimed at helping first responders to quickly identify those with medical conditions and the emotionally impaired are now available at no cost to those who would like one.

Hillsdale County Sheriff Tim Parker said the idea was brought to him by Sgt. John Gates -- a long-time advocate and supporter of the Special Olympics programs who organizes and participates in the local annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise funding for Special Olympics.

The color-coded bumper stickers -- red for autism, orange for deaf, blue for Alzheimer's/dementia and yellow for diabetics -- will help not only police but all first responders, in quickly determining that someone in that vehicle may not respond to verbal requests, Parker said.

"This allows emergency responders dealing with the marked vehicles to quickly make an assessment," Parker said.

This is especially important with autistic persons, who typically avoid eye contact and may have limited communication abilities.

The diabetes markers are important as well, Parker said. If a deputy observes someone crossing the center line and a deputy notices the sticker upon initiating a traffic stop, the deputy could quickly assess the person is having a diabetic emergency and may not necessarily be intoxicated.

With diabetes, low blood sugar can cause a person to slur words, walk oddly and appear incoherent.

The color-coded bumper stickers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the sheriff's office and the Hillsdale Hospital at no cost.

Parker is working to possibly make them available at the Health Department. A private funding source was used to pay for the purchase of the bumper stickers.

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