Peoria's Police Chief salutes a new Peoria County Sheriff's Department effort.
Steve Settingsgaard gives a big thumbs up to assistance in finding a missing teen last weekend.
The newly formed certified group played a key role to locate a 16 year old boy who had not been seen by his family for almost a day.
Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy thinks finding the boy when they did, saved the young man's life.
McCoy says the boy's body temperature was about 91 degrees at the time he was found. The teen had been out in cold temperatures and rainy conditions.
The Search and Rescue team was formed shortly after law enforcement tried unsuccesfully to find an Alzheimer's patient in time months ago. Sheriff McCoy says the team's work paid off in this case.
The Sheriff says the training and certification is well worth the effort.
Sheriff McCoy says the county is conducting an Alzheimers and Dementia wristband program in conjunction with the Search and Rescue team.