Grant provides home security cameras for Rusk Co. first responders

Grant provides home security cameras for Rusk Co. first responders

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - First responders in Rusk County will soon receive home security cameras as a result of a grant from an insurance company.

Henderson Fire Chief Rusty Chote says like most departments, his firefighters work 24 hours on and 48 hours off.

"We're away from home quite a bit," said Chote. "Public safety workers spend a lot of time at work. They probably see their coworkers as much as they do their family at times."

Chote says when away from home, it can be difficult for first responders to find peace of mind when it comes to safety of their own families.

Henderson State Farm Insurance agent David Powell recently secured a grant that will provide home security cameras to hundreds of Rusk County first responders at no charge.

"While our first responders are out helping us," said Powell. "Who is helping them? Who is looking out for them while they're looking at for us?"

The cameras will be given not only to those with the Henderson Fire Department, but also the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, and the Henderson Police Department. Powell tells us the cameras are a gift that don't come with any monthly charges or hidden fees.

"It's something that I think is greatly deserved by them," said Powell.

Across the country, more than 5,000 cameras have been handed out to first responders because of the grant program.
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