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A lesser-used 911 alert system may have helped save the lives of two young children in Georgia.

A deaf woman texted the police when she spotted two kids who’d been left alone in a car, officials say.


Text to 911This is a depiction of an actual text exchange using Text to 911.We were an early adopter of this program...

Posted by Alpharetta Department of Public Safety on Monday, January 4, 2016

The department released the above depiction of their conversation.

An officer who was dispatched later found that the kids had been left in the care of a 15-year-old, Fox 25 reports.

Police say they’d been left inside the car for almost an hour.

No arrests in that case were made. But the Text-to-911 program is being praised for heralding a new – if essential – way to contact the police.

For now, the feature is still not available in most of the country, and authorities still advise the public to try to make voice calls.

But some say this new feature could help victims in other precarious situations, such as when hiding from somebody.

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