Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service are now able to text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state's counties. Officials say emergency dispatchers in 28 Indiana counties had been equipped and trained to handle text-to-911 calls as of Wednesday. Other carriers will soon follow suit. The goal is to expand the service statewide by year's end. 911-texting will aid people who are deaf, hearing- or speech-impaired by allowing them to alert dispatchers in the event of emergencies. 911-texting will also help people who are unable to speak due to injuries or are afraid to speak in hostage situations.