East Texas is starting the new year off right, say Tyler officials


POSTED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 10:41pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 9:23am

While New Years Eve can be an exciting night of celebrating, it can also be a busy night for our first responders, but Tyler police and firefighters say it was a pretty normal night.  "So far we've had a quiet holiday in terms of fireworks in the city," said Tony Gumber, Tyler Fire Department.

Both Tyler police and fire believe this new year started off right because of their effort to spread awareness.  "Our calls have been pretty atypical of what we normally have this time of the year," said Gumber.  "Its seems that this year we had less calls of fireworks and gun shots going off, i believe that the media putting out that its illegal to do those things it seemed to help lower the amount of calls that we were seeing," said Sgt. Paul Robeson, Tyler PD.

Each told KETK they prepared for NYE as if it was a normal day.  "Its our job to be prepared to handle any type of emergency incident that comes in, really the preparation that we do day to day on a regular basis, is the same every day of the year," said Gumber.

Even though the end of 2013 was a typical day for our first responders, they want to remind east Texans to be alert throughout the weekend.  "As you continue celebrating through this weekend, just remember to be safe, and be mindful of what you're doing out there," said Robeson.

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