Opinion: St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office thanks community for support of Project Lifesaver event
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:10 am

The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank those who attended and donated to the recent Project Lifesaver event that was held on July 14, 2019 in the Village of Canton.

A special thank you goes out to Lea Hance for bringing this idea forward and for being the main organizer of this event. Additional appreciation goes out to the craft, food and activity vendors and of course to the hundreds of community members that attended the event. Use of the event venue was made possible by permission of the Canton First Presbyterian Church, ‘the Church on the Park”.

The Project Lifesaver program is not a county budget line item and it relies on donations and funding from those who are able to pay for the necessary supplies and through supplies that have come through State funding earmarked for this program.

Project Lifesaver International provides necessary technologies to quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering. The Project Lifesaver program was founded in 1999 in Chesapeake, Virginia and provides wrist or ankle transmitter bands for clients to wear. If an enrolled client goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver Agency and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. The first responders will then use the client’s individualized frequency to locate the individual. With the dramatic increase of cognitive conditions since the inception of the organization, this program has grown from a localized program to a program recognized internationally as a proven and effective method of “bringing loved ones home.”

Anyone with interest in donating or utilizing Project Lifesaver can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 315-379-2365.

Brooks J. Bigwarfe, St. Lawrence County undersheriff

Kevin M. Wells, St. Lawrence County sheriff