Program gives medics fast access into homes

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — It happens all the time–People fall, they can’t get to the door for help, and when medics arrive, they’re forced to break down the door to gain entry to the home. But Comfort Keepers Secure-A-Key Program is giving emergency responders quick and easy access to homes to save both time and lives.

The idea for the program started when responders frequently went on medic runs and had trouble getting inside homes to care for victims.

“Just from seeing a need, we started helping people,” said Vince McCoy, co-founder of the program.

The Secure-A-Key Program installs lock-boxes on the outside of homes with a key and emergency contact information contained inside the box. If residents call 911, responders then can easily get inside the home just by using a code without breaking down the door.

Officials said since January they’ve installed more than 100 lock-boxes.

For more information about the Secure-A-Key Program and how to get a lock-box installed at your home, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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