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Lawrence County District 5 Commissioner Joey Hargrove, 53, killed in crash

Hargrove also served as a representative for Lawrence county on the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, ALABAMA, Ala. — Lawrence County District 5 Commissioner Joey Hargrove was killed in a crash on Monday, March 22, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Hargrove was killed when the motorcycle he was driving was struck by another vehicle, according to ALEA. Hargrove was pronounced dead by Cullman Regional Hospital staff.

The crash took place on Alabama 24 approximately 10 miles east of Moulton, Alabama.

Troopers with ALEA's Highway Patrol Division are investigating the accident

The commission said Hargrove served as his district's commissioner since 2010. Hargrove also served as a representative for Lawrence county on the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

"He served the residents of District 5 with commitment and pride," the commission said in a Facebook post. "Please keep his wife Sonia Hargrove and their children Gabby and Gavin Hargrove in your prayers for days to come."

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9-1-1 is now at our fingertips in more ways than one. You can now text 9-1-1 in Madison County. 

"Texting to 9-1-1 is very simple. It's the same as texting to a friend," says Chief Operating Officer & 9-1-1 Director for Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 Center, Chris Tucker.

Tucker says here's how:

"Just pull up the text app in your smart phone, and key in 9-1-1 in the recipient field and key in your message, always put it in the location and the nurture of your emergency and click send," he says.

They say calling 9-1-1 should be your first choice, texting is a secondary option. Call 9-1-1 when you can, but text when you cannot.

"Since the Huntsville Madison County 9-1-1 Center is the largest in the state and the population continues to grow, it's very important to serve the community in the best way that we can," says Tucker.

The service benefits a caller who is deaf, hearing or speech impaired. Unable to speak because of medical condition such as stroke.

Or a caller who is in a situation where speaking would be unsafe like an abduction, domestic violence, or home invasion.

However, here are some things to keep in mind should you have to text 9-1-1. "Photos videos, emojis, attachments and group text are not accepted by text to 9-1-1 at this time," says Tucker.

Tucker also says never use abbreviations or slang terms. "We want to ensure that no matter who receives the text message, that they understand and get you the help that you need," he says.

For now, the Tucker says the text to 9-1-1 is only available in English and for carriers including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

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