Union County Sheriff's Office
Peter Corvelli Jr.

Since 2003, the Union County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Project Lifesaver International continues to bring to the citizens of Union County a valuable service in Project Lifesaver.

This program is a valuable tool for law enforcement to assist in the locating of lost or wandering individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia disorders such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism.  The facts are that over 5,0000,000 people in the U.S.A. have Alzheimer’s Disease.  That number will triple by 2050.  Well over 50% of these people will wander or become lost and possibly put themselves at serious risk of injury or even death.

A lost person with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a child with autism is classified as a critical emergency

These individuals usually will not call out for help and will not respond to those who may be searching for their safe return.  The first minutes after a loved one is noticed missing can be extremely stressful for the family.  Knowing what to do and who to call can be vital to a quick and safe recovery.

How Project Lifesaver works

Specially trained sheriff’s officers will come to your home and provide the participant and their family with an understanding of how the equipment works as well as…

  • Educating the family for the safeguarding of loved ones and how to prevent a family member from wandering
  • How to initiate a response should an emergency arise
  • Care and maintenance of the Project Lifesaver unit

Project Lifesaver relies on proven battery operated radio transmitter technology and specially trained Sheriff’s Officers from the Search and Rescue Unit.

Once a tracking unit is placed on the wrist of a participant, a pulse wave radio frequency is emitted from the device 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  The radio signal frequency is unique to the person wearing the tracking unit.

Should an emergency arise, an on call Sheriff’s Officer will respond to the last known location of the individual.  With specialized equipment, the officer can start tracking the “signal” that is emitted from the unit.  This equipment will hone in on the signal which can lead to a quick recovery.

Participation requirements

Individuals suffering from the following

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Down’s Syndrome
  3. Autism
  4. Any other dementia related disorder
    • Twenty-four (24) hour live in caretaker /support
    • Union County resident

Program Cost(s)

  • A fee of $ 285.00 to cover the cost of the transmitter
  • Maintenance fee of $ 15.00 per month which covers battery replacement and to ensure proper working order of the unit (Non-Waivable)
  • For those who cannot afford a unit, one may be provided free of charge providing that units are available at time of request. Previous year financial statements will be required to show need.