Flashback: Indianola was the first city in the Delta to install 911 system

Did you know that Indianola was the first city in the Delta participate in the 911 emergency system?

According to the October 1, 1970 edition of The Enterprise-Tocsin, Indianola became “the first city in the Delta to install the 911 emergency telephone number and is one of only a few cities in the nation to have this service.”

The announcement was made by J.E. Finger, Indianola’s then manager for South Central Bell.

“Since the number is easy to remember and can be dialed for all types of emergencies, it will save time getting the needed aid. Time will not be lost trying to decide who to call or searching for a number in the directory,” the article said.

“Another advantage of the 911 service is that the dispatcher can obtain the emergency information and summon the necessary aid while holding the caller on the line to give any additional information that might be needed.”


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