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Austin 911 operators to make TV debut in new ABC series
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Emergency Call, a documentary drama series from ABC, premieres Sept. 28.

Emergency Call, a documentary drama series showcasing 911 operators from five cities—including Austin—will premiere on the ABC Network on Sept. 28.


Communications personnel from the Austin Police Department and Austin-Travis County EMS will be featured on the show.

Host and actor Luke Wilson told The Hollywood Reporter that he has been drawn to helpers since he was a child. "When you're younger, you might be drawn toward superheroes or fictional characters, but as you get older you come to realize that people who help, real-life heroes, are just regular people who do extraordinary things," he told the magazine. "911 call takers don't just save people; they calm and console people until they are safe."

In July, after months of protests against police brutality, the Austin City Council approved a budget that included an immediate $20 million cut to APD funding as well as plans to remove certain functions—such as the 911 call center—from the department's control.

In response, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Thursday that he is considering a legislative proposal that, if passed, would put the control of APD under state authority.

The state legislature reconvenes in January.

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