The squeaky wheel will get 911


Dear editor,

I would like to re­spond to a let­ter by Frank Evely, head­lined “We need a 911 sys­tem, says writer,” which ap­peared in the Nov. 22 is­sue of The Com­pass.

I, too, went to bat to get 911 in this area. Quite a few years ago now, when I lived in Spa­niard’s Bay, two peo­ple went through the ice on Mint Cove Pond. My son, Michael, was one of the res­cuers at the time. It fright­ened ev­ery­one that lived in the area.

My hus­band and I took it upon our- selves to call the me­dia and did a TV in­ter­view about the in­ci­dent, and the lack of 911 ser­vice in the area.

That was the num­ber that came to mind for ev­ery­one to call when the in­ci­dent hap­pened. It was thought that this num­ber was read­ily avail­able ev­ery­where.

When I con­tacted the tele­phone com­pany re­gard­ing this ne­ces­sity, they said it was too ex­pen­sive to put in place here.

What would their re­sponse be now with tech­nol­ogy so much more ad­vanced over the past 20 years.

Ask any child what num­ber they would call in an emer­gency, and 911 would be their an­swer. But to no avail.

We need this ser­vice, folks. There’s strength in numbers. So let’s join forces and make con­tact with the pow­ers that be, in­clud­ing the tele­phone com­pany, fire and po­lice de­part­ments and ac­ti­vate it.

Hope­fully, the squeaky wheel will get the grease. Joy French-cole­man writes from

Har­bour Grace

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