When Billy Cole insisted Hibbs Financial in Tyler put security key pads in the building, he had no idea it would amount to this. Today, the Tyler Police Department awarded Cole with a certificate of merit. Cole oversees security in the Hibbs Financial Building. On October 3rd, a man who at the time police believed had a gun, ran into Hibbs Financial and because of the key pads, the man locked himself in the stairwell, out of harms way.
"When we first put the locks in several years ago, there was a lot of complaint because entering the building if you got your hands full, it's a little hard to get in the building," said Cole. Now that this happened, everybody's like hey I'm glad we got the locks, thank you very much." Cole says he is very honored and is just glad everyone is ok.