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Project Lifesaver

.. was established in April of 1999 as an initiative of the 43rd Search and Rescue Company of the Chesapeake Sheriffs Office. Project Lifesaver's mission is to use state of the art technology in assisting those who care for victims of Alzheimer's and other Related Mental Dysfunction Disorders (ARMD) and victims who become lost. These victims include the elderly and even the youngest in our community who are afflicted with Down syndrome and Autism. There are no boundaries - no one is immune!
Victims of ARMD tend to wander from their homes. Project Lifesaver International places personalized radio transmitters on identified persons with ARMD. These, transmitters assist caregivers and local emergency agencies in locating those who cannot help themselves.

* A large number o f transmitters have been placed on those with Alzheimer's, Dementia and children with Autism or Down syndrome.

* Local emergency teams responded to calls resulting in an average rescue time o f less than 30-minutes.

*Information and Rescue Statistics from April 1999-Present

*Project Lifesaver International is volunteer staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

*Volunteers assist in all aspects of Project Lifesaver International.

*Project Lifesaver's volunteers are important and new members are always welcome!

*Funding for Project Lifesaver International is a result of private and corporate donations and grants. Since Project Lifesaver International is comprised o f mainly volunteers, donations are used directly for programs, rescues and educational expenses.

* Organizations and Law Enforcement Agencies have endorsed and pledged their support of Project Lifesaver International.
National Sheriff's Association
Virginia Sheriff's Association
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners
Commonwealth Autism Service (Virginia)

* Project Lifesaver has been established in over 400 communities in 42 states.

* Member:
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Leave a Legacy

Educational and community awareness programs have been a cornerstone to Project Lifesaver's success. Project Lifesaver volunteers are active in presenting information to civic groups, law enforcement agencies and various health care providers throughout the community and the state of Virginia.

For more information on enrollment contact:
Project Lifesaver International
Chesapeake Sheriff's Office
Gene Saunders, Chief Executive Officer

815 Battlefield Blvd., South

Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
(757) 546-5502
(757) 546-5503









Christmas in Baghdad

Hello all,
I spent another Christmas in Baghdad. And I'll ring in the New Year at FOB Falcon too. The good news is that we are almost done here, and I expect to be back at Fort Polk no later than January 15, probably sooner. That's no secret, since it's been published online and
in the news. I know I have done a horrible job of keeping in touch with most of you. I will endeavor to do better in the future.
Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!
God bless America, and God bless each and every one of you.
Peace always,
Jason Neal


Friends of Wertheim Welcome Cabin

Thoughts From FOW Board Member Helen Geraghty

The Friends of Wertheim propose to build a Welcome Cabin, which will be heated and open twelve months a year to serve as a space for visitors, volunteers, and school groups. There will be a display rack filled with books and pamphlets, tables so that workshops can be held indoors and a place for FOW to store their equipment. Visitors will be able to borrow binoculars and bird lists so they can identify what they’re seeing.

The Friends of Wertheim have a history of creative programming that includes owl prowls, guided canoe trips, guided walks, watercolor and photography workshops, newsletters, native seed harvesting, and turtle surveys. Having a home would make it easier to gather new volunteers to expand the programs. One visitor said, ”I’ve been living in this neighborhood for thirty years and I never knew the refuge existed.” This is a tragedy because Indian Landing on the Carmen’s River is not only beautiful, but historically important, having once been used by Native Americans. The river mouth at sunset is a sight that has been celebrated by local artists for two hundred years.



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Bicoastal Seals
 Former South Country science teacher and Science Chairman Art Cooley may have moved to the west coast, but has not slowed down when it comes to environmental issues. He is currently involved with Catch shares for fishing, Congestion pricing for cities, Carbon emissions and global warming to name a few. Art has agreed to do an occasional article concerning various environmental issues. This issue contains the first of these articles.




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Sunshine Reminder:

If you know of any colleague or family member who is sick, hospitalized  or has had an accident, please email me the particulars and I will email them to the general membership.
I'm sure a little note or two to lift their spirits.

Memorial Services

If you know of any colleague or family member who has passed away, please email me the Memorial information and I will email them to the general membership.

Volume I             Issue 1           January 2009

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