Ballad Health makes donation to Big Stone Gap Police Department for body cams


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Ballad Health has offered to provide funding for body-worn cameras for the Big Stone Gap Police Department, according to a Twitter post by Commonwealth Attorney General Chuck Slemp.

On Thursday morning, Slemp stated that Ballad Health made the donation to pay for the body-worn cameras.

Slemp concluded the post by thanking Dr. Herb Ladley and the Norton Community Hospital.

According to Ballad Health officials, the total cost of providing cameras for every patrol officer would be just shy of $8,000 but they chose to up the donation to $10,000 to cover any additional costs.

These cameras will not only provide insight as to what happens on a call but also act as an extra layer of security for these officers who put their lives on the line every day.

Ballad Health treated officer Chandler in his final hours and they told News Channel 11 this police department is held close to their heart.

“We certainly don’t want these sort of things to happen ever but if they do, we certainly want everyone to be prepared. Not just the health care facilities but our public servants outside of health care facilities as well. It seemed like a quick and easy way to just show our commitment to that,” said Dr. Herb Ladley.

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