County helps others get panic button

County helps others get panic button

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Officials in Lawrence County are among several counties now helping facilitate the set-up of the RAVE Panic button for many others in Arkansas.

Recently, the Lawrence County Quorum Court approved the purchase of a panic button that was installed in the courthouse.

Lawrence County Judge John Thomison said 911 coordinator Paige Vanbrook is now serving as a panic button resource for other counties.

The Association of Arkansas Counties saw the benefits of the button for courthouses and they wanted to make it financially feasible for everyone.

"We're fortunate that our leaders here saw the need and we got in front of it and then when it came on board and became a statewide issue," said Thomison.  "That it was just an honor for us to be able to go down and help."

Thomison said the Association of Arkansas Counties is now helping all Arkansas counties get the panic button free of charge.

He said thanks to this effort, Lawrence County will be reimbursed the money they used to purchase the button.

Thomison said now that money will go back into the county budget and be used for another purpose.

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