Dover, New Jersey Crossing Guards Get Wireless Safety Net

DOVER, NJ — Students in the Town of Dover will walk to school on safer streets, thanks to five wireless phones and service donated by Verizon Wireless. Mayor Richard M. Newman and Alderman Patrick J. Fahy recently accepted the donation at Town Hall.

Programmed to dial 9-1-1 and the Dover Police Department, the phones will allow crossing guards in busy 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 nearly 60,000 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. One million used wireless phones have been collected and recycled nationwide. Victims of domestic violence and crossing guards are the primary groups served by the HopeLine program.

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