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Some Hopkins Co. residents say they are left in the dark when calling 911

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HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

Hundreds of Hopkins County families say they are being left in the dark when they call 911 for help.

Residents who live in a portion of southern Hopkins County say they aren't being protected in case of an emergency.  

Some say they live less than five miles from South Hopkins Fire Department, but a volunteer department in the next county is actually responsible for the area. They say that causes longer response times, inadequate coverage, and huge spikes in insurance rates.

"I believe that all families of Hopkins County should have access to the fastest most reliable fire protection services available to them. Unfortunately for roughly 300 families in Hopkins County, that's not happening," Shaun Roberts says.

When a 911 call comes into Central Dispatch, it is rerouted to Christian County and then dispatched to the Mannington Fire Department. Officials say this is causing a five to ten minute delay on response times, if anyone even shows up at all.

That delay in response became all too real for Carolyn Foster, when a brush fire threatened her property, as well as the home of a disabled man.

"The department that is supposed to be taking care of us showed, it was a gentleman that was with the department, he showed in his personal truck and no one from Mannington Fire Department showed up to put the fire out," Foster says.

Foster says her insurance premiums have increased because Mannington Fire is more than five miles away, but some have had to cut insurance all together when it went over $2,000 a year.

Now residents are fighting back. Over 150 families have signed a petition to be put back in South Hopkins Fire District. Now, the Hopkins County attorney will be presenting that to the judge executive.

"We are determine this time to do all that we can possibly do to get us changed to South Hopkins," Foster says.

Foster says she is willing to go to Frankfort to feel protected and also keep her money in Hopkins County. 

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