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John R. Phoennik
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Feb 18

South Fayette police officers track missing people in Project Lifesaver program

Posted on February 18, 2016 at 5:22 PM by Andrea Iglar

Our police department provides many community-oriented programs in an effort to better serve and protect our residents, businesses and commuters throughout their days here in South Fayette Township.

One of the services the department provides is “Project Lifesaver” at no cost to participants. The program’s primary mission is to provide a timely search response aimed at saving lives and reducing potential injuries of adults and children who wander away due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions.

Project Lifesaver provides certified officers with effective procedures and equipment that help find people who have become lost and need assistance. Time is of the essence when searching for people suffering from these conditions, and Project Lifesaver is a significant way to address this growing and serious issue.

Project Lifesaver consists of three key components: 1) providing a basic understanding of dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism and other disorders; 2) teaching responders search-and-rescue techniques; and 3) applying appropriate tracking technology.

The South Fayette Township Police Department, with the assistance of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, is fortunate to be part of this countywide effort, which involves more than 40 trained officers from agencies throughout the county. These officers are trained and certified to use special tracking devices, including a bracelet with a transmitter and a vehicle-mounted receiver, which are provided to participating agencies at no cost.

Here in South Fayette, two certified officers—Michael Blocher and Bryan Monyak—have been trained to use the Project Lifesaver equipment. The District Attorney’s Office has assigned South Fayette Township and Moon Township officers to respond to Project Lifesaver issues in the southwest portion of Allegheny County. Additionally, our officers are on call 24 hours a day for any Project Lifesaver issue that could arise countywide.

Citizens interested in registering a loved one for the free Project Lifesaver program may contact Assistant District Attorney Angela Kelly 412-350-5049.

Thank you.

—Police Chief John R. Phoennik


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