Blue Angel Program helping keep seniors safe in Durant

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DURANT, Okla. -- Many folks hope their guardian angel is looking out for them, but some senior citizens know it, and their angels wear blue. Emi FitzGerald has the story of how the Durant Police Department is getting help to others.

The Blue Angel Program began several years ago, but can now continue with grant money from the State of Oklahoma.

The city council accepted funds Tuesday from the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. The money will help purchase file of life cards. The cards have spots for three names and phone numbers. Seniors are asked to write down three people they will look out for and contact police if they suspect any of those people are in trouble.

By doing this, police say someone is also looking out for them. Police also have lunch with seniors once a week to talk about crime prevention and senior safety.

"We have a very large population of seniors here. This program helps them help themselves. A lot of them live alone and do not have family members in this area," Durant Police Deputy Chief Greg Pollock says.

The grant money will also purchase beacon porch light bulbs and door viewers for increased senior safety.

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