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Deaf man texts 911 about oven fire

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published July 5, 2016

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ROCHESTER HILLS — A local deaf man sent a 911 text to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to report an oven fire in his home at 7:44 p.m. June 30 in the 3800 block of Dearborn, a police report states.

The fire in the home, near Livernois and Auburn roads, was quickly extinguished by Rochester Hills Fire Department firefighters, and no injuries were reported.

Since 2015, dispatch specialists have received emergency texts via the Text-to-911 program in use throughout Oakland County. According to Sheriff’s Office officials, residents should use 911 voice calls whenever possible and should use the text program only when absolutely necessary.

According to officials, 1,015 texting sessions to the Sheriff’s Office operations center were reported in 2015. The department reported 519,277 voice calls in 2015 — of which over 80 percent were received from cellphones.