North Plainfield, New Jersey Crossing Guards Get Wireless Safety Net

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — Students in North Plainfield will walk to school on safer streets this fall, thanks to 10 wireless phones and service donated by Verizon Wireless. North Plainfield Officer James Fitzsimmons accepted the donation at police headquarters this week.

Programmed to dial 9-1-1 and the North Plainfield Police Department, the phones will allow crossing guards in remote locations in the town to summon help quickly and easily in an emergency without leaving their posts.

"Every day, school crossing guards are on the front lines protecting our children as they navigate busy streets and intersections on their way to class," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro Region. "These phones will ensure they can summon help immediately. By augmenting 9-1-1 service with a hotline to the police, Verizon Wireless hopes to cover many kinds of emergency situations, allowing guards to report suspicious activities as well as life-threatening emergencies."

Since the inception of the company's HopeLineSM community service program in 1995, Verizon Wireless has donated and recycled more than 50,000 wireless phones in the New York Metro area, providing essential communication tools to people who need a vital, reliable link to emergency services in times of crisis. More than 750,000 wireless phones have been donated and recycled nationwide. Victims of domestic violence and crossing guards are the primary groups served by the HopeLine program.

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