Project Lifesaver is Becoming a Reality

July 21, 2008
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO Phone: (608) 284-6142 Email: schaffer@co.dane.wi.us
Sheriff's Office

Earlier this year, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the community in hopes of implementing a Project Lifesaver program for local residents who suffer from neurological disorders and have a tendency to wander and go missing. Thanks to the generosity of several area organizations, and private donations from citizens, the Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney is pleased to announce the launch of Project Lifesaver. On Wednesday, July 23rd, at 10:00 am, the media is invited to observe while Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies train at Token Creek Park on how to use the specialized equipment for tracking clients who would be fitted with a personalized Project Lifesaver wristband. The wristband uses a one-ounce battery-operated transmitter that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. As part of the program, deputies will also provide monthly equipment checks to participants, a process that helps build a relationship and a support network for families involved in the program. Project Lifesaver is an international program that uses state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of related neurological disorders such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s and victims who become lost. Research indicates that persons with developmental disabilities, including a rapidly rising autism population, are approximately seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement professionals than others. By implementing this proactive program, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office will ensure safety and peace of mind to the caregivers of these individuals. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the many private donors as well as the following organizations for their help in making this program possible: MG & E Blue Mounds Royal Neighbors UW Health Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Waisman Center Madison South Rotary Helen Bader Foundation Group Health Cooperative Dane County Credit Union (organized a bake sale) For more information on how to participate in Project Lifesaver or how to sponsor a wristband for someone, contact Sgt. Lorie Wiessinger at (608) 849-2661, or check out the Project Lifesaver link at www.danesheriff.com.