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Project Lifesaver provides monitoring for persons who have Autism, Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome. People who tend to be a risk to wander away can be fitted with a wristband, similar to a watch. The wristband provides a signal which can be used to track the location of the missing person. If desired, the bracelet can be worn on the ankle instead.

The program was adopted in Sarpy County in 2008, when it hit personal for Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Sheriff Davis became aware of Project Lifesaver and initiated the program within his department. Capt. Kevin Griger worked to develop the program for the Sheriff's Office, and solicited surrounding police departments in the area to also be involved.

When a person goes missing, first responders are deployed to the location where the missing person was last known to be located. Equipment with receivers that pick up the signal from the transmitters are sent out with the search team. Most often, the missing person is found in the nearby area, with a visual search. If not, the equipment is then used to track down the person's location. Nationally, the recovery time is 30 minutes, involving thousands of searches.

The Sheriff's Office funds the Project Lifesaver program with donations and grants through the Midlands Community Foundation, or funds that are set aside in a safety training program.

Persons interested in finding out more information about Project Lifesaver can email [email protected], or call the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office at 402-593-2288. The National Project Lifesaver website is



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