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Nassau County Expands Program To Locate Missing Disabled People

(credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880, FILE)

Nassau County Police cruiser (file/credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A program to help find lost disabled people has expanded in Nassau County.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported, the county has expanded its R.E.A.C.H. program, allowing thousands more disabled people to receive photo identification and thus making it easier to locate them if they vanish.

Cathy Kamer’s husband, Brian, has Alzheimer’s disease. She lauded the expanded program this week.

“The program has been amazing because last year he did go missing. I came home from work and for two hours I spent looking for him,” Kamer said. “Finally, I called security at sunrise mall, and he was at the precinct.”

Kamer said the program can save lives.

Nassau County police are funding its expansion.

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