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GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - Lt. Staub with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office says the county is currently looking into 911 texting, researching how it might work. Florence and Horry Counties are doing the same. Staub says it would be a financial investment for sure, with training and equipment, but it has been proven to work in the past. Like the recent story of Rosanna Raymond who is deaf and texted 911 when she started having a stroke.

"And I don't know why it popped into my head. 9-1-1! And I did it. So I texted them and they texted back just like that." said Raymond.

Staub says he knows how popular texting is and knows that it could be very useful, as long as it's done right.

"Using the texting. If someone feels like they're scared or they can't speak. Or in the case of that person where that person could not communicate or unable to speak physically, they could send a text to 911 and still get 911 help." said Staub.

While texting during an emergency may still be a ways away, Staub did say it is still possible to text when reporting a crime. It's called Text-A-Tip.

"People can text in information. Text a Tip is not for emergency 911, but it allows people to provide us information to the Sheriffs Office. They may see something happening or a pattern of crime or they have information on a crime that occurred they can text it to us."

Charleston County is currently one of the only counties in the state that has 911 texting, and most of the counties in our area are still considering the idea.

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