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Monroe County Lifesaver


The  Mission of Monroe County Lifesaver is to implement Project Lifesaver through screening of potential individuals, providing community education and implementing fundraising to assist those in need of Project Lifesaver.  Services provided by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.  


Donations may be sent to support Monroe County Project Lifesaver - 112 S. Court St., Room 500, Sparta, WI 54656

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What does Project Lifesaver do?

The goal is to ensure that persons in this program who may become lost will be safely returned to their home and family.  It is designed to assist in the tracking and locating of such persons in the event they were to leave their home unsupervised.

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How does it work?

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal.  It a participant in the program goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer's area.

  • Complete an application by calling 608-269-2117

  • Once approved, the client is fitted with the bracelet.

Who is eligible?

Project Lifesaver is offered to Monroe County Residents who have been diagnosed with a condition that may cause them to wander away from their home.  Some examples of those conditions include:

  • Autism

  • Alzheimer's Disease

  • Related Dementias

  • Traumatic Brain Injury


How much does it cost?

The average cost of a bracelet is $300.  In addition, there is a $10 monthly fee to cover the cost of maintaining the battery and wrist band.  The administrative costs are provided by the sponsoring Project Lifesaver agency.

Monroe County Project Lifesaver believes that each person who needs a bracelet should have one, regardless of ability to pay.  The number of people we can enroll may be dependent on the amount of donations received.

What are the family or caregiver's responsibilities?

  • Check the transmitter battery daily

  • Update the log daily with information about participant's clothing, etc.

  • Coordinate with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department Staff to make sure monthly visits are scheduled to ensure equipment is working properly and replace the transmitter battery


What are the benefits?

Families and caregivers live with an enormous amount of stress when their loved ones suffer from a serious condition.  The ability to quickly find them should they wander from home brings comfort that no other method can provide.  Most who wander are found a few miles from home, and search times have reduced from hours and days to minutes.  Average recovery time is 30 minutes.  The ability to quickly and safely return home provides the best result at minimal cost to taxpayers.

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