Florida Mom Uses Pizza App to Save Herself

FloridaA Florida mom used a Pizza Hut app to save her and her children during a hostage crisis. Monday afternoon a Pizza Hut in Avon Park, Florida, received an online order with an unusual request in the comment section, asking for them to send help, call 9-1-1 that the customer was being held hostage, according to authorities.

Cheryl Treadway and her boyfriend Ethan Nickerson also from Avon Park, Florida, had been fighting all day over his drug problem. He became angrier and took he cell phone away. She tried to leave at one point to pick up the children from school, but Nickerson would not let her and allegedly grabbed her arm and pulled a knife on her. He then insisted on accompanying her to the school. Shortly after they returned home Treadway was able to convince Nickerson to let her use her phone to order a pepperoni pizza. Once the order was completed Nickerson took the phone away from her, according to the arrest report.

The Florida Pizza Hut employees who knew Treadway as a customer, took the threat seriously and manager Cathy Hamilton called police. Hamilton admitted that in all her years at the Florida store she has never seen a mother use the Pizza Hut app to save herself.

The Highland County Sheriff sent police to her home, when they arrive Treadway met them at the door holding a child. Authorities said, that she told them her boyfriend Nickerson had a knife, and that two children still remained in the house with him. Once she and the child she was carrying were brought to safety, police were soon able to convince Nickerson to come out of the house, despite him expressing fears of going to jail. It took about twenty minutes of negotiations to get him outside. The two children who remained in the home were unharmed.

Impressed with Treadway, Lt. Curtis Ludden was not sure if he would have thought of doing what she did. He went on to say that her boyfriend had no idea what she did until officer showed up.

Nickerson was arrested and charged obstructing justice by depriving communication to law enforcement, battery, aggravated assault with a weapon, and false imprisonment. As of Wednesday morning Nickerson was still in jail. Chris Lewis from the sheriff’s office, said his bail was set at $45,000. It is unknown if he has obtained legal council.
The Pizza Hut app is not intended to save lives but with new technologies and GPS other apps have been created to do just that. The One-Touch-App developed by researcher at Havard and MIT allows people to contact fire, police, medical assistance, and report a car crash with the touch of just one button. It will work even with out a signal. The app has four buttons one for fire, police, medical, and car accidents.  Once a button is pressed a call is placed to nearby dispatchers, with GPS locations, other pre-entered medical information and user details.
With most information being sent automatically, callers would not even have to speak, they will also have the ability to send video and photos if the dispatcher in the area has the capabilities to receive that additional information.
The app has been in development for over two years and will be available in 135 countries. The technology has the ability to save thousand of lives that die due to inaccurate location information.
The Florida mother who saved herself and her children using the Pizza Hut app, hopefully will never have to use an app to save her and her children again.  With new advancement in technology, lives in Florida and all around the world can be saved with the press of a button.
By Jessica Hamel
Photo by Kartik Malik-Creativecommons flickr License

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