In March of 1973 the Federal Government issued National Policy Bulletin Number 73-1 endorsing the concept of 9-1-1 and urging its nationwide implementation. The choice of the specific number, 9-1-1, was based primarily on cost factors, the comparative ease with which telephone company equipment could be modified to accept the number and on other considerations which indicated that the combination of the digits 9-1-1 would be easily remembered and dialed by most persons. The first 9-1-1 call in the United States came from Haleyville, Alabama. Was made by Alabama Speaker of the House, Rankin Fite on February 16, 1968 to Tom Bevill, a U.S. Representative. Read more HERE.