Hawkins receives $15K grant to improve emergency responders radio communication

HAWKINS, Texas (KETK) – The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation said they gifted the City of Hawkins $15,000 that will be used to improve radio communication for law enforcement and emergency responders.

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According to a release, the city will use the funds to upgrade fire and police communication devices and repair a radio broadcast tower behind the police department. The full project is expected to cost $35,000.

The AEP Foundation said they gave the city the grant at the recommendation of Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO).

Courtesy of AEP Foundation.
Courtesy of AEP Foundation.

Mark Robinson with SWEPCO said the repairs will improve the overall public safety in the region.

“These repairs and upgrades to the radio tower and communication devices will better equip emergency responders to coordinate and respond to critical situations effectively,” Robinson said.

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Hawkins Police Chief Guy McKee told AEP that police and the fire department have had issues communicating with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office during emergencies for years. McKee said that within Hawkins Independent School District and Jarvis Christian University, there is little to no communication capability.

“These upgrades are vital to keeping our young people and community safe,” McKee said.

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