LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - Lumberton first responders received free home surveillance systems in appreciation for their efforts during Hurricane Florence.
Lumberton police officers, firefighters, EMS and Robeson County deputies were gifted Tuesday morning with Canary security camera systems by State Farm as part of its “Protect the Protectors” program.
“It’s good for them because even though they’re out protecting the public, these cameras are protecting their homes,” Lumberton Mayor Bruce Davis said.
The all-in-one device comes with a motion sensor, siren and air monitor. First responders can access the camera remotely through their smartphone using the Canary app.
It's something Assistant Fire Chief Chris West said comes in handy when you're away from home.
"The hurricanes are an example. They put a pretty good demand on us. Some of the guys were away from home for seven days," he said.
Davis said the city hadn’t fully received financial aid for Hurricane Matthew when it was hit by Hurricane Florence less than 2 years later.
"These hurricanes are bad and they're slow to recover and part of it is they're slow to bring you the money so you can recover," he said.
The mayor said around 100 families are still displaced with the recovery process proving to be more challenging for some than others.
"Some of those folks are still recovering simply because the programs are either not here, money's not here, but it's coming," Davis said.
As for West, he said now he'll have more piece of mind while he's away serving the community.
“It’s hard to function and do what you need to do if you’re constantly worrying about what’s going on at home, ‘Is my property safe, is my family safe?’” West said.
A total of 500 Canary surveillance systems were given to first responders in Robeson County.