Project Lifesaver



The Pilot Club of Lancaster, Inc. has partnered with the West Hempfield Township Police Department (WHPD) to bring Project Lifesaver® to northwest Lancaster County.

Using state of the art technology, the West Hempfield Township Police Department will work together with other police departments including:  Columbia Borough, Elizabethtown Borough, Manheim Borough, Mount Joy Borough, Northwest Regional, Susquehanna Regional, East Hempfield Township, Manor Township and Millersville Borough.


Cathy Cieslinski of the Pilot Club shows off a transmitter used to track people who go missing during a Thursday press conference. With her are, from left, West Hempfield Township Officer Russell Geier, who holds a tracking receiver, and West Hempfield police Chief Mark Pugliese. (Marty Heisey / Staff) View Article

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, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.

The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals 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

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 goes missing, the caregiver notifies their local Project Lifesaver agency, 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. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations.

Initial funding for Project Life Saver is a result of private and corporate donations, a Project Lifesaver® federal grant, and many of Pilot Club of Lancaster, Inc. fundraisers.


Pilot Club of Lancaster, Inc.                      717-471-5750 or 717-368-2003

West Hempfield Township Police           717-285-5191