Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-025

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 15, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • (813) 247-8059

    Deputies Locate Elderly Man Who Wore Monitoring Device

    The man's family had enrolled in the Project Lifesaver program which supplies clients with a signal-emitting electronic bracelet.
    • Thursday
    • January 14, 2010
    • Time: 3:00 PM
    • Hiawatha Street, Tampa

    Carl Chandler
    Age: 77

    4520 Hiawatha Street West


    HCSO deputies responded to the
    Chandler residence around 3 p.m. on January 14, 2010 and learned that the family had enrolled in Project Lifesaver, where clients are outfitted with special monitors which emit a signal. Deputies who are trained and equipped with special receivers to track the signals were called into action. The Sheriff’s helicopter is also outfitted with a signal receiver.


    Sheriff’s pilots located Mr. Chandler’s signal from about 2 miles away and assisted ground units by directing them to the specific area. Patrol units with the receivers were able to locate Mr. Chandler within minutes.



    Chandler’s family enrolled in the LoJack SafetyNet/Project Lifesaver program in November 2009. 


    In late 20099 the Sheriff’s Office launched Project Lifesaver.  The program is designed to drastically reduce the time and manpower involved to locate a person who may wander or become lost.


    Each Project Lifesaver client is monitored by LoJack SafetyNet and wears an electronic transmitter attached to their wrist or ankle. This personal locator unit emits a signal which can be intercepted by Sheriff’s deputies and their receivers. When a client becomes missing, specially trained law enforcement officers utilize LoJack’s search and rescue receivers to locate the subject.  Should a caregiver report a missing person to law enforcement, their name is automatically cross referenced to the Project Lifesaver database activating the proper response.


    For more information on Project Lifesaver, please visit the link on our home page under “Spotlight On HCSO’’ or visit


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