18 May Project Lifesaver
Sheriff John Samaniego is pleased to participate in Project Lifesaver. Project Lifesaver was established in 1999 with a mission to use state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and other related mental dysfunction disorders (ARMD) and victims who become lost. These victims include the elderly and even the youngest in our community who are afflicted with Down’s Syndrome and Autism. Victims of ARMD tend to wander from their homes.
Project Lifesaver places personalized wrist bands containing radio transmitters on identified persons with ARMD. These transmitters emit a constant tracking signal. When a caregiver notifies the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that a participant is missing, specially trained deputies will respond to the wanderer’s area and begin searching. The signal emitted by the wrist band can be tracked on the ground or by aircraft over several miles with a specially designed radio receiver.
Just as our previous Sheriff, Chris Curry did, Sheriff John Samaniego has chosen to cover all costs for this program so that any Shelby County, Alabama resident needing this service can freely and voluntarily participate. If you would like to know more about the program or if you would like to participate, call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 205-669-4181 and ask to speak with the Project Lifesaver coordinator. To learn more about Project Lifesaver visit them at www.projectlifesaver.org