Bringing awareness to lifesaving project

The Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville, will be turned into a giant celebration and touch-a-truck event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 during the annual Project Lifesaver Summer Bash. This year’s theme, “bringing loved ones home,” is exactly what Project Lifesaver does.

The Summer Bash will feature a custom car and bike show, WFMS radio personalities, StatFlight Helicopter demonstration, a barbecue lunch, vendors and activities for the entire family. In addition, members of the 317 Motorcycle Club and Indianapolis Motorcycle Group will be on hand to present a donation to Project Lifesaver.

Bowen

Bowen

“It’s a great time for people to come out with their kids and interact with public safety officials,” Sheriff Mark Bowen said.

Project Lifesaver was developed to enhance success in locating missing persons with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and others who are at risk to wander. The Hamilton County chapter was formed in 2009 to address the needs of the community’s growing Autistic and Alzheimer’s populations. Currently, five fire agencies along with the sheriff’s office are trained in search and rescue with Project Lifesaver.

“It’s a great program, a successful program,” Bowen said. “It helps to keep track of folks at risk that are young and old.

Bowen said the Summer Bash brings awareness and fundraising for the project.

“It brings awareness to the program and brings people in that could benefit from it,” he said.

Deputy Bryant Orem stated each client is issued a wristband that transmits a unique silent radio signal. When a caregiver reports the person missing, local law enforcement and fire officials respond with state-of-the-art tracking equipment. In almost 3,000 searches nationwide, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported for Project Lifesaver clients and the average recovery time is under 30 minutes, according to Orem.

Project Lifesaver provides the service at no cost to clients and families in Hamilton County. All funds are provided through grants and fundraising such as the Summer Bash. For more information on Project Lifesaver, call 776-6757 or e-mail project.lifesaver@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.