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911 call center can now receive text messages
Text 911
Kershaw County E911 dispatcher Heidi Barton demonstrates the call centers new ability to receive emergency text messages during a special event Tuesday. Kershaw County is the first county in South Carolina to have this capability. - photo by Gary Phillips
Kershaw County is leading South Carolina as the state’s first county to have the ability for its 911 emergency call center to receive text messages. Officials demonstrated the new technology during a special presentation Tuesday afternoon in the county council chamber inside the Kershaw County Government Center. Kirk Stropes, deputy director of the Kershaw County Department of Safety and Emergency Services welcomed the public, several county councilmen and county staff members, and explained the value of being able to receive text messages.