Tazewell, VA (WVVA) Bringing loved ones home is the mission of Project Lifesaver. Since 2014, the Tazewell County Sheriff's office has used this program to help locate “at-risk” individuals who may have gone missing. Saturday, 39 Jeeps with the Blue Ridge Jeep Club of the Two Virginias raised nearly a thousand dollars during their second poker run to fund the purchase of new Project Lifesaver transceiving equipment. TCSO relies solely on donations and fund-raising to buy all the equipment necessary to operate this crucial service. Each kit costs $300, and keeps the transmitter running for a year.
After traversing Tazewell County, the poker run wrapped up at The Back of the Dragon center in Tazewell for a "show 'n' shine", food, music, and raffle prizes. Curtis Shrader won the poker run with five clubs, and received 30% of the money. Mr. Shrader immediately donated his winnings back to the Sheriff's Office. The recovery rate of the Project Lifesaver Program is approximately 90%.