State Farm and Canary donated home security systems to the deputies of the Santa Rosa County, Florida Sheriff’s office last week.
In an interview with ABC’s local affiliate, Sergeant Roman Jackson, who works in narcotics, opened up about the gift, discussing safety concerns he has for his family due to his line of work.
“I’ve arrested people for dangerous drugs before,” he said. “They’ve threatened to blow my house up. Whether it’s realistic or not, we take it that way.”
The donation comes as part of State Farm and Canary’s “Protect the Protectors” campaign, which aims to provide first responders with home security systems free of charge.
The systems come with mobile control features that allow those on duty to monitor their homes from afar.
Back in July, firefighters in Hawaii County were the recipients of 500 home security cameras from the program, which according to BigIsland.com, is currently active in more than 20 U.S. communities.
“We would like to return the favor by protecting our protectors,” State Farm agency field leader Kim Hahn told the site.
“We want to acknowledge first responders for the work they do and dangers they face,” Canary Head of Communication John Carter recently said of the program. “There’s a person behind the badge and they have families.”
At the Hawaii County donation event, Fire Chief Darren Rosario shared a few words about the security the new surveillance systems provide.
“This gives us peace of mind that our homes are safe while we’re away at work,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”
The program has donated more than 5,000 home monitoring devices to police and fire departments since December 2015.