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Home-security systems donated to Darlington County first responders

January 27, 2019 GMT

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington County first responders received a very tangible “thanks” Friday from State Farm Insurance — a Canary home security system.

The insurance company donated 250 of the units to the county as part of its “Protecting the Protectors” program. Overall, the insurance company has donated more than 10,000 of the units.

Darlington State Farm agent Bill Moore Jr. spoke at the donation.

Moore said that he had been out to fires and wrecks while they were still active incidents and had watched firefighters, medics and police officers work the incidents.

“What I realized is that while I was there to show up at a fire or a wreck people were surprised, ‘Whoa, what are you doing here?’” Moore said. “But when you guys show up nobody is surprised. You truly at the first responders.”

“We think the ‘Protect the Protectors’ partnership between us and technology company Canary was created as a way to show our mutual admiration for what y’all do as well as our thanks for what you do in this community,” Moore said.

“We spend a lot of time out in the public trying to make things better for everyone else and a lot of times we leave home for extended periods of time,” Darlington County Fire Chief Ricky Flowers said at the presentation. “During the last hurricane we spent 10 days here away from home.”

Flowers said that, because of his family situation, he could have used one during the September and October hurricanes of 2018.

“Hope it gives you more security and allows you to do your job with more security and confidence,” Moore said.