Additional cell phone users can now text 911

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In Allegheny County, it's now possible for cell phone customers with Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint to send emergency text messages to 911 when unable to make a standard phone call.

The Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services announced in a news release Tuesday the addition of Sprint customers to the league of cell phone users who can text to 911.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the new capability in mid-May, when the service was opened to Verizon customers. There have been 86 text messages sent to 911 since then, according to a county spokeswoman.

The county, in announcing the Sprint news, reminded county residents that cell phone users should use the text option only when calling 911 is not an option.

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