UPDATE: Lawrence 911 system repaired

May 17, 2019

UPDATE: At about 2 p.m., Sheriff Jeff Lawless reported the Lawrence County 911 Center is fully operational once again, after the computer system and phone issues were repaired.

IRONTON — Phone lines and the computer system at the Lawrence County 911 Center stopped working at around 7:40 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Jeff Lawless, but emergency calls are still being answered.

Lawless said in a news release the systems computer server crashed, and technicians were immediately contacted and are working on a solution.

“The backup system was immediately engaged and is functioning properly,” Lawless said in the release. “When someone dials 911 it will go to the Gallia County 911 Center (or another local 911 Center) and they are transferring the emergency calls to our center either by cellphone or through the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Therefore every emergency call is being answered by a local 911 Center and a first responder is dispatched.”

Anyone experiencing a problem connecting with the 911 Center is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 740-532-3525 and a first responder will be dispatched.