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People want Cell Phone Service in Valley Town

Michelle Harris lives in Deerfield. Earlier this year, she slipped and fell and couldn

DEERFIELD, Va. -- Michelle Harris lives in Deerfield. Earlier this year, she slipped and fell and couldn't use her phone for over an hour and a half due to the lack of cell service.

"Very scary! You don't know when an emergency like that is going to happen," said Harris. “I wouldn't have wished that on my worst enemy, it was horrible."

Eventually, she was able to call her Sister-in-law, Theresa. She thinks the situation could have been avoided, if cell phone coverage were more reliable in parts of Deerfield.

Chief Tom Peters thinks it could mean the difference between life and death.

"It can help speed up progress in the rescue calls,” said Peters. "Once in a while, we'll be on a call and ECC wants us to contact them and we have no way of contacting them."

The town already has a cell tower, but Harris says it's not being used to provide service to the area yet. She hopes that changes soon.

"One day there's going to be an emergency and somebody's going to really need to call for help and they're not going to be able to do it," said Harris.

Harris says she plans to submit a petition to Verizon to provide full service to the area.

By Rudy White 10/13/2014 22:18:00
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