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Village of Villa Park
Friday July 12th, 2013 :: 06:55 a.m. PDT


"Guardian" Guards Our Senior Citizens

Summertime heat can be an especially dangerous time for senior citizens and Sheriff John E. Zaruba wants them to know there is someone watching over them.
Sheriff Zaruba is encouraging senior citizens to register with the Guardian System, a free service provided by the DuPage County Sheriff's Office to help ensure the well-being of seniors and the physically disabled living throughout the county.
“As summer temperatures rise in the Chicago area, senior citizens can be especially vulnerable to heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death if their homes do not have fans or air conditioning,” Sheriff Zaruba said. “In warm weather seniors tend to overdress, drink less fluids and not take the steps to cool down when needed.”
The Guardian telephone system calls registered members on a regular basis. The system is available to DuPage County residents who are over the age of 62 or are physically or mentally disabled and live alone.
On the requested days and times, the system will call the member. The member verifies that he or she has received the call and is okay by entering a four-digit code on the telephone. If the member does not respond, a police dispatcher will attempt to contact the member via telephone. If the member is not contacted, the Sheriff’s Office or local police department is sent to the member’s residence to check their well-being.
"With warm temperatures, there are many senior citizens out there who need to be checked on, and that's what Guardian is designed to do," Sheriff Zaruba said.
Since Zaruba started the program in 1997, Guardian has been credited with saving the lives of several DuPage County residents.
If you would like to register or find out more information on the Guardian program call the Sheriff’s Office at (630) 407-2400.

Village of Villa Park
20 S Ardmore Ave
Villa Park, IL 60181

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 630-834-8500

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