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LIBERTY TWP., Ohio - Liberty Township is adamant about keeping tabs on elderly neighbors in the community and it's Senior Watch program is a support system that seniors are reminded they can depend on.

Gathering together over the first meal of the day, seniors from Liberty enjoy the company while attending the Senior Watch breakfast at Westfork Roadhouse Friday.

The program began four years ago, after the tragic death of an 87-year-old in the township.

Township leaders decided that safety forces needed to play a bigger role in senior's lives.

Providing lock boxes is one way police and firefighters can help seniors in the event something goes wrong.

"The fire and police officers go out and put in the lock boxes for residents, so if there is an emergency and they need to get in, the firemen can get in with the lockbox,"

A $5,000 grant pays for daily phone calls from fire and police departments and the purchase and installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

"It's important because when you get older, you're by yourself. It's nice to know that somebody is going to call you each week," Liberty resident Anna Dennison said.

The Trumbull County Senior Service Unit reports 48,000 seniors live in the county.

Brookfield and Weathersfield townships have used Liberty's program as a model to form their own.

 

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