Sheriff and coroner John Anderson announced Wednesday a program run by his department that will take a more proactive watch of senior citizens of Madera County.
The Elder Orphans program is an automated telephonic messaging service created specifically for citizens who live alone.
Elder orphans are people who live without their immediate family or friends to check on them every day, said Anderson. The service performs telephonic welfare checks. Senior citizens who register for Elder Orphans will receive pre-recorded messages twice daily.
“When you answer the phone you will hear a recording that prompts you to respond one of two ways: touch #1 indicating that you have received this message and you are fine or touch #2 stating that there is an emergency. By touching #2 you will be immediately connected to the Sheriff’s Communication Center,” said Anderson...