Letcher Co. Sheriff's Office takes donated cell phones for abuse victims, senior citizens

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

In today's times of ever-changing technology, one sheriff's department is giving old cell phones to people who need a life line.

Deputies at the Letcher County Sheriff's Office have teamed up with the 9-1-1 cell phone bank service to give a line of communication to those who cannot afford the time or the money when they are faced with life threatening situations.

The law enforcement agency has collected over 50 phones since February to help those who cannot always help themselves. The goal is to help victims of domestic abuse and senior citizens. if they are ever in a situation where they are desperate, now they are given a lifeline so that they are able to call for help.

Seniors can use life alert or another device, but that only works inside the home.

“With the cell phones that are issued through the 911 cell phone bank if you go outside that area they can put the call through to 911 and then cell phones have GPS software so they can be tracked if they are ever lost or hurt or anything like that ever occurs,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Crystal Davis.

Abuse victims can also benefit from this service.

“Over two million women a year fall victim to domestic violence and many of these incidents can be prevented with a simple tool that we all take for granted and that's the cell phone of course,” said Davis.

Police said donors do not have to worry about any breach of security...

“Another good thing is that the cell phone bank is that they do-they clean the phone completely out, any personal information that you may have on there will be erased,” said Davis.
“There's no worries of anyone getting your information.”

The sheriff's department encourages anyone with an old cellular phone to donate it to the 911 Cell Phone Bank at their station in Whitesburg. It could mean the difference between life and death for someone

The National Association of Triads, Inc. and the National Sheriff’s Association are also partners in the cell phone bank.

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