Ed and Faye Wakeham of Hancock own a cabin in a remote part of Stanton Township on Little America Road. The rural setting has poor cell service and a couple of instances already proved challenging for those who needed to reach emergency personnel.
The Wakehams personally funded the installation of a call box near their property that has a direct line to dispatch in Negaunee. It connects to the regional communication center in less than three seconds.
The couple says people are always outdoors in the area, year-round.
Houghton County Sheriff Josh Saarinen says he has personally tested the phone and wants to congratulate the Wakehams on taking the initiative to complete the job. He says, “This is a great community member initiative that will help the residents and local camp owners if they have a need for emergency services. I want to thank the Wakeham family for this project.