Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver

Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver Saving Lives One Search At A Time
Project Lifesaver is a national, proactive, electronic tracking program used to assist in locating people with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and related disorders, and children with Down Syndrome or Autism Spectrum disorder who wander from home and become lost.
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The Virginia Beach Police Department Project Lifesaver (VBPD PL) program continues to support 300+ clients throughout the city. These clients require the batteries and the bands for their Personal Locator Units (PLU's) get changed every month to ensure they are in good working order. Most of the clients are supported by police officers however, many are being taken care of by a highly dedicated group of civilian volunteers that devote thousands of hours a year in support of the VBPD PL program. Of the 300+ clients, 120 are taken care of by 70 civilian volunteers who come from all walks of life and backgrounds from all over our city. These volunteers come from other volunteer organizations such as: The fire departments, Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team, and the EMS departments, Search and Rescue/Bike team. City departments such as the 911 call center, retired police officers, spouses of these volunteers and everyday citizens who just want to help with this wonderful program. There is required training before a person is certified to change batteries. The training takes 4 hours and is conducted whenever there is a sufficient number of citizens who want to join in and help out. The minimum number necessary for a Client Management Class is 5. If you think you or anyone you know might be interested simply send an email or call Tom Thomas ([email protected]) or 757 478 4540 .

Mission: Saving Lives One Search At A Time

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VB 411 - Project Lifesaver & Lunar Memorabilia

Virgina Beach Project Lifesaver video. Excellently presented. Please share to help raise awareness about the program in Virginia Beach. Our 501(c)(3), Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. citizen board of directors, raise money for the equipment used by the police department and for the devices used by our clients. Our fundraising efforts also provides the financial assistance to clients needing help to pay the costs of their monthly battery replacements. #projectlifesaver

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VBPL at the VBPD mounted barn for missing person day!

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2019 Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. Board of DirectorsFrank LaPorta          Chairperson / Interim TreasurerCore...
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2019 Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. Board of Directors

Frank LaPorta Chairperson / Interim Treasurer

Corey Sullivan Vice-Chair

Rachel Willey Secretary

Lindy Casale-Rinaldi Board of Directors

Cookie Ketcham Board of Directors

Caroljean Ogrodnik Board of Directors

Joan Motley Board of Directors

Ev Zervoudakis Board of Directors

Bob Rider Board of Directors

Sandy Dozier Tauro Board of Directors (Not in Photo)

Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Created on July 7, 2005 at the Third Police Precinct, the program’s police component was later centralized and made part of the Crime Prevention Unit, now called the Community Engagement Unit.

Master Police Officer Jason C. Karangelen is the Virginia Beach Police Project Lifesaver Coordinator.

Through 67 specially trained civilian volunteers and 175 trained police officers, the Virginia Beach Police Department Project Lifesaver program provides equipment and service to 285 Virginia Beach clients with cognitive disabilities that may wander from home.

In conjunction with the Virginia Beach Police Department, 10 Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. civilian board members raise awareness of the program and raise the funds to provide equipment to the police department and to individuals in the program that are at risk of wandering.

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05/07/2019

2019 Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. Board of Directors

Frank LaPorta Chairperson / Interim Treasurer

Corey Sullivan Vice-Chair

Rachel Willey Secretary

Lindy Casale-Rinaldi Board of Directors

Cookie Ketcham Board of Directors

Caroljean Ogrodnik Board of Directors

Joan Motley Board of Directors

Ev Zervoudakis Board of Directors

Bob Rider Board of Directors

Sandy Dozier Tauro Board of Directors (Not in Photo)

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Project Lifesaver Awards presented to the winners and those recognized as standouts among their peers for 2018.

About Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc.

Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Created on July 7, 2005 at the Third Police Precinct, the program’s police component was later centralized and made part of the Crime Prevention Unit, now called the Community Engagement Unit.

Master Police Officer Jason C. Karangelen is the Virginia Beach Police Project Lifesaver Coordinator.

Through 67 specially trained civilian volunteers and 175 trained police officers, the Virginia Beach Police Department Project Lifesaver program provides equipment and service to 285 Virginia Beach clients with cognitive disabilities that may wander from home.

In conjunction with the Virginia Beach Police Department, 10 Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, Inc. civilian board members raise awareness of the program and raise the funds to provide equipment to the police department and to individuals in the program that are at risk of wandering.

AWARD WINNERS

Recognition and Appreciation

Bud Warren – Established VBPL July 7, 2005

Lynette Lander – Past Chairperson 2017-2018

Ashlynn Sawyer – Past Treasurer 2017-2018

Nominated Volunteer of the Year 2018

Volunteer Margie Buxbaum

Nominated Police Coordinator of the Year 2018

Master Police Officer G.A. O’Hara

Nominated Police Officer of the Year 2018

Master Police Officer Marie L. Carr

Officer Cameron Kolmer

Volunteer of the Year 2018

Cheryl Scott

Police Coordinator of the Year 2018

Officer Cameron Kolmer

Police Officer of the Year 2018

Master Police Officer C.W. Nash

Recognition and Appreciation of Support

Dominico Morrocu & Staff of Primo Restaurant

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Congrats to the award winners:

MPO Greg O’Hara for Officer of the Year
MPO Charles Wyatt Nash for Coordinator of the Year
Tom Thomas for Volunteer of the Year

Congrats to the Certificate winners:

Officer Travis Franklin
Officer Dennis Brown
Nena Nerino
Blandine Diagle

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Consider sending your gift of LOVE with a donation to VB Project Lifesaver on this Valentines Day...

Every $60 pays for a year of battery/band replacement on each client’s device.

Each $300 donation pays for a new or replacement of a device for a family in need.

VB Project Lifesaver fundraising goes directly back to the program. We are a 5013C organization to help families with Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Down Syndrome and more. The small device (size of a watch) is placed on the individual in need’s ankle. If they go missing, this radio frequency device helps us locate them and bring them home to safety and loved ones.

Can you donate today?

Click on the donation button on the VB Project Lifesaver page or you can go to our website:

www.vbprojectlifesaver.com

This donation is linked to us through PayPal.

Happy Valentines to you all and thanks for your continued support!

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Five years of service award to VB Project Lifesaver Board to recipient Myron Nahra. Thanks for your hard work and dedication!

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2509 Princess Anne Rd, Bldg 15
Virginia Beach, VA
23456

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Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver is an answer...for those who need additional support to care for someone with a cognitive impairment including but not limited to adults with dementia and children with Autism. Since its inception, we have a 100% success rate for all our searches. For more information about our program, please visit us on the City of Virginia Beach page: http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/police/opsdiv/pages/proj-lifesaver.aspx

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Joan Louise Natali is this something there is a need for on the Eastern Shore?