Wendy Haughian said she’s lucky to be alive. The Sumner woman credits the ADT home alarm system and Phil Olmsted, an operator in Rochester, N.Y., who called first responders after her home was recently burglarized.
“It was the middle of the day, about a little after 2 p.m., I heard a knock at my door, and I wasn’t expecting anybody,” Haughian said. “I hear this massive crash. I immediately hit the panic button in my bedroom, and the audible alarm goes off. They sent the Sumner Police Department to my house, and they were there right away.”
Haughian believes the alarm scared the suspect away after they entered her home.
“The panic alarm is what saved me from who knows what,” she said.
ADT traveled to Haughian’s home last month to videotape her story. On Jan. 8, it was presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That’s where Haughian met Mike Fallat, the director of the Rochester monitoring center.
Olmsted could not make it due to bad weather. He will receive the ADT LifeSaver Award for his efforts, Haughian said.
Haughian said she’s been an ADT customer since 1996. She spends $39.99 per month for the service, and she said it’s worth it.
“It’s a little over a dollar a day,” Haughian said. “I pay more for coffee in the morning.”Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.