The Operation Jacob Reunion Run is not only to celebrate Jacob's safety but to promote Project Lifesaver and thank first responders and the rescue team who found him.
The Allen family, rescue teams and police came out on Sunday to raise money for Project Lifesaver. The project provides at risk people ,including Jacob, with a radio transmitter that alerts first responders to find missing persons quickly.
"Because my brother can't communicate or if he gets lost he doesn't know where to go for help. With this device we are able to track him and find out where he is if he is ever to get lost and we can find him within a mile of where he is so you know it's life saving. Had that technology been available before we would have been able to find him within a day," said Brittany Allen, Jacob's sister.
Project Lifesaver International is a non-profit organization. The local branch is managed by the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department.
"Project lifesaver here in Monongalia County is done through the Sheriff's Department and what it does is we put a transmitter on people with a cognate disability. They can have autism they could be Alzheimer's patients, they can have down syndrome or they can have a traumatic brain injury. People who may wander away from home or away from their care takers," said Sgt. John Kisner.
Operation Jacob Reunion Run donated the proceeds from the run to Monongalia County Project Lifesaver and the Mountaineer Area Rescue Group (MARG), who helped find Jacob.
"It's about remembering my brother Jacob who's been found and the reunion of that. It's been five years this month, so celebrating that and making it a good cause to let other people know that this technology is out there and that it can save lives," said Brittany Allen.
Project Lifesaver has over 1,000 participating agencies throughout 46 states in the U.S. It is also in Canada and Australia.
If you want to get in contact with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department about Project Lifesaver call them at 304-291-7260.