Smyth County Sheriff's Office

Project Lifesaver


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Project Lifesaver is a program now available to Smyth County citizens through the Smyth County Sheriff's Office.

The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, and other related conditions or disorders. The Project Lifesaver Program is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.

Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International,, will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones. 

How It Works

Citizens enrolled in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter around the wrist or ankle that emits an individualized tracking signal. If an enrolled client becomes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, Smyth County Sheriff's Office, and a trained emergency team responds to the wanderer’s area. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.

For more information, contact via e-mail or telephone Deputy Arthur Barker (276) 781-2349.


The program is currently in the process of soliciting funds for the purchase of new transmitters and associated equipment for issuance. Please send donations to:

Smyth County Sheriff's Office
Project Life Saver
819 Matson Drive
Marion, VA  24354