February 16, 1968: The First 911 Call Made – Haleyville, Alabama
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1968 – Haleyville, Alabama. The first 911 call in the US is officially used – 35 days after AT&T implements the emergency call number. Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the call at 2 PM to Congressman Tom Bevill to officially inaugurate the system.
911 was created because it was not in use within US phone systems. Alabama got wind that AT&T was planning to create the first 911 dispatch center in Huntington, Indiana, so he decided to independently build their system.
Haleyville’s 911 system was built during off-hours and was completed within a week. Robert Fitzgerald built the system at B.W. Gallagher’s request.
Wikazine – Full show notes for February 16
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