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​Indiana Implements 911-Texting Service in 28 Counties

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.