Gene

Patient Leader

Finalist

Health Activist Hero

I am submitting a nomination for CEO/Founder, Gene Saunders of Project Lifesaver International because over 14 years ago while he was the Captain of the Chesapeake Police Department he recognized standard search and rescue operation for loved one's with Alzheimer's were not as successful and usually end result was not a good one. He thought something needed to be done. He was then provided with information on radio frequency tracking technology and thought why not incorporate this into a training program for law enforcement and first responders and tie in the education and training for search and rescue for loved one's with Alzheimer's, dementia, Autism, Down syndrome, or other cognitive conditions with a wandering tendency. This marked the beginning of Project Lifesaver International a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization that bridges the technological gap for “at risk” populations and public safety agencies.  — Elizabeth

He has established a program that has proven highly successful in using radio tracking to locate and safely return those wandering due to Alzheimer's, Autism and other disorders. The program is now in over 1300 public safety agencies and has rescued over 2,500 people returning them home safely  — Jean

Gene

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