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Rural southern Utah community calls for better cellphone service

Julie Applegate, St. George News

Rural southern Utah community calls for better cellphone service

By Julie Applegate, St. George News | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 11:32 a.m.

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DAMMERON VALLEY — Imagine living in an established community and having a medical emergency — or having your house catch fire. You call 911 from your cellphone — but the call doesn’t go through.

This is the situation Dammeron Valley residents find themselves in.

Cellphone service in the small community is so bad that it is dangerous, according to a group of residents who are trying to resolve the problem.

Even though a cell tower built about nine years ago sits unused within sight of most Dammeron Valley homes, residents can’t count on reaching emergency services when they need help.

One retired man who lives in the Meadows area of Dammeron Valley experienced the problem first-hand, area resident and petition organizer Amanda Ballif said.

“He fell at his house,” she said. “He fell, had his cellphone on him and went to call for help.”

But no cell service was available and the man could not get help.

“He had to wait until his wife got home. And then she found him and he got the medical help he needed,” Ballif said.

“We don’t know who else has had to suffer through something like that.”

To read the full story, visit St. George News.

Julie Applegate


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