Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver helps provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Project Lifesaver International provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the country and nation. Project Lifesaver has over 1,150 participating agencies across the U.S. and Canada and the Pilot Club International is one of those agencies. Pilot Club of Cullman works hand-in-hand with the Cullman County Sheriff's Department to fund, promote, and maintain the Project Lifesaver Program in the Cullman County area. World-wide, Project Lifesaver has performed 2,233 searches in the last 11 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported.

WHAT IT DOES: The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

HOW IT WORKS: Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. 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. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes.

The Cullman County Project Lifesaver Chapter is coordinated by Captain Rick Blackwood of the Cullman County Sheriff's Department. The Pilot Club liaison for the local chapter is Camilla Hendrix. To learn more about Project Lifesaver you may visit their website at

Contributions can be made by sending donations to Project Life Saver, P.O. Box 1439, Cullman, AL 35056