Project Lifesaver “Update”

Sheriff David D. Zylak just wanted to take a few moments to update you on the progress of the initiative to bring Project Lifesaver to the citizens of St. Mary’s County. In February of 2004, a fundraising kick-off was held at the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging, Leonardtown Rotary Club, and St. Mary’s Hospital. Since that time numerous community members, civic organizations and businesses have come forth with not only monetary donations but the gift to volunteer to assist with the Project Lifesaver Program.

Through the generous support of the community the initial St. Mary’s County fundraising goal has been met. As such, a “letter of intent” has been submitted to Project Lifesaver to order the implementation equipment. In approximately, four (4) to six (6) weeks the equipment will arrive and the Project Lifesaver Operator Training will be scheduled for the Sheriff’s Office staff and community volunteers. A total of 15 persons will be eligible for training. Shortly thereafter, the program will formerly commence operation.

Sergeant Andrew J. Cusick, the Sheriff’s Office Canine Supervisor, has been named the Project Manager for this endeavor. Sergeant Cusick is a seventeen year veteran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with significant experience in search and rescue.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to seek donations from our community to support Project Lifesaver. You may call: 301 475-4200 x - 1922, and speak to Mary Ann Thompson, for more information or visit the Sheriff’s Office website at

Thank you for joining us in this effort. Tax-deductible contributions can be made payable to: Office of the Sheriff, Project Lifesaver, and mailed to:

Office of the Sheriff
St. Mary’s County
23150 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

David D. Zylak
St. Mary’s County, Maryland

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