Oktibbeha County and the city of Starkville will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day, though emergency services will remain open through the holiday.

Police and fire services will remain in affect throughout the county.

911 dispatchers will also be working at all hours on the holiday to respond to those seeking help during emergencies.

During August, first responders in the city's 911 system handled 119 calls for help.

Of that number, 52 of the calls were from medically induced emergencies.

Forty-one calls were fire-related, with 34 being fire alarms. There were three calls due to visible smoke emanating from buildings.

One fire-related call was due to a vehicle fire.

There was also an electrical fire report, which occurred on Aug. 14 when a transformer pole at the intersection of Scales Street and Louisville Street caught on fire after a surge of electricity rushed through the system following a tree limb falling on power lines on Mckee Avenue.

Six calls came from traffic problems throughout the city. Four emergency calls came from reported elevator problems across Starkville.

In August, first responders were able to rescue a child who was locked in a car and a citizen who was trapped inside their vehicle.

Most of the calls, 44, came between the hours of 12-6 p.m.

Between 6 p.m. and midnight, 23 calls emergency calls were dialed, and from midnight to 6 a.m. over the month of August, Starkville's 911 dispatchers received 19 calls.

Morning commuters also dealt with emergencies, as 29 calls were placed between 6 a.m. and noon.

The majority of calls placed occurred in the earlier half of the month, with 71 calls placed in the time period of Aug. 1-15.

Aug. 19, however, was the single busiest day of the month for dispatchers as they received 12 calls that day. One week later on Aug. 26, dispatchers had the lowest amount of calls for a single day during the month, receiving zero emergency calls.

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