Project Lifesaver

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Project Lifesaver

The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Madison County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely responses to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who are prone to wander away from home and become confused or lost. Project Lifesaver is a great tool the Madison County Sheriff’s Office can utilize to quickly find a participant who is at risk and fulfill the mission of “Bringing Loved Ones Home”

Participants enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled participant goes missing, the caregiver notifies the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and a trained search 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 clients average 30 minutes -95% less time than standard operations.


  • The individual must reside in Madison County with a primary caregiver with 24/7 supervision.
  • Be diagnosed by a certified physician as having Alzheimer’s disease, other dementia disorders, autism, Down’s syndrome, or similar disorders.
  • Must no longer be able/allowed to drive a motor vehicle

The application must be completed and submitted by the legal primary family member/caregiver (authorized representative). For your convenience, we have made the enrollment application available in PDF format. Just fill out, print, and return.

Program Coordinator
Captain Jarrod Lauth
[email protected]