First 9-1-1 call reenacted

Congressman Robert Aderholt, center, holds the iconic red phone from which the first 9-1-1 call in the nation was made after he and Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, right reenacted that historic phone call. With them is Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, left.

HALEYVILLE - With the 9-1-1 Festival getting underway Friday, June 1, and this year being the 50th anniversary of the first-ever 9-1-1 call  in the nation made, officials from Washington and Montgomery gathered at Haleyville City Hall Friday afternoon to reenact that historic call that has led to countless lives across the world being saved.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, located in Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri's office, called Winston County E911.  The call was patched through to the Haleyville Police Department, where U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt was located.  Fifty years ago, when the first call was made in Haleyville, it was Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite in then-Mayor James Whitt's office, speaking to U.S. Congressman Tom Bevill in the Haleyville Police Department.

See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.
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