In an event of an emergency, police and paramedics rely on the posted address to find those in need of help. Quincy officials say there have been several incidences where they've had a hard time finding people because of the address not being posted.
Officer Thomas Murray is looking for homes that have no address posted. He says just recently emergency personnel were called to a home and spent valuable time searching.
Thomas Murray with the Quincy Police Department says, "We find ourselves getting there sometimes a few minutes late and it's a matter of life and death and the police is now on a mission to cut down on the response time.”
Several of the homes in the Quincy neighborhood have no address posted and if the address is listed on the mailboxes it's so small emergency personnel have a hard time finding it.
Folks who live in the area say it's not uncommon to see homes without addresses. In rural areas everyone knows each other and that's the system they rely on.
Simon Howard, a Quincy resident, says, "If you want to find me they would look for 911 Thomas Street. Someone would tell them he lives next door or besides this person and that's the way it is in small cities.”
Still, emergency workers say they should not have to depend on neighbors to find a patient. They're now forced to use other means to locate residents.
Tommy Baker, Emergency Medical Service director, says, "We use a map book, we look at several documents that will tell us where that particular address is."
In the meantime they're encouraging residents to get three inch lettering on their homes to help them out. Officer Murray is compiling a list of those homes and will be asking those folks to put a visible number on their property.