Project Life Saver Program Rescues Missing Senior

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were able to locate the victim within five minutes

Using the technology of Project Life Saver the victim was located within five minutes after the search was initiated. The victim had become disoriented and exhausted and had sat on the ground because she could no longer walk.

Using the technology of Project Life Saver the victim was located within five minutes after the search was initiated. The victim had become disoriented and exhausted and had sat on the ground because she could no longer walk.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Saturday evening our Project Life Saver Coordinator, Joe Downs received a call from the husband of a Project Life Saver participant who has an extended history of wandering away from home.

On Saturday evening our Project Life Saver Coordinator, Joe Downs received a call from the husband of a Project Life Saver participant who has an extended history of wandering away from home.

On Saturday evening our Project Life Saver Coordinator, Joe Downs received a call from the husband of a Project Life Saver participant who has an extended history of wandering away from home.

The husband was unable to locate his wife as she had been missing for almost two and a half hours. Joe had the husband immediately call 911 and then personally traveled to the area to assist and coordinate the search.

Upon arrival Joe worked with members of the Titusville Police Department and the Aviation Unit of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate the search using the Project Life Saver device.

Using the technology of Project Life Saver and by working together as a team they were able to locate the victim within five minutes after the search was initiated. The victim had become disoriented and exhausted and had sat on the ground because she could no longer walk.

The Titusville Police Department recently received training from Joe Downs on the abilities of Project Life Saver that utilizes a GPS Bracelet and tracking device to locate missing seniors that have become disoriented or lost.

Joe is a volunteer for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and TRIAD that has made Project Life Saver his mission. He works everyday to extend the program and to bring awareness about it’s effectiveness to citizens throughout Brevard County.

I would like to thank Joe Downs for everything he has done to make Project Life Saver such an incredible resource for Brevard County residents. I would also like to thank everyone involved in the search for the incredible teamwork by our agency and the Titusville Police Department.

If you would like more information on Project Life Saver please contact Community Services at 321-264-7755.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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