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January 7, 2013

Local man takes action to guard local schools


Somerset —

“But that’s okay,” he added. “I feel fortunate to be able to do it.”
In fact, Morris is even getting others into the act. “I’m going to encourage other security companies around the country to do the same, to do their part to make security more affordable to schools systems,” said Morris. “I’m doing this all in honor and in memory of Sandy Hook.”
Morris said he’s already notified Honeywell, an industry-leading security system manufacturer, for which Modern Systems is a First Alert dealer — part of a network of independent dealers around the country,
“My opinion is, these are some top-notch companies,” said Morris. “I’ve already reached out to them and they’re talking about ways they can communicate this nationwide. It’s preliminary right now, but the wheels are in motion to get it out.”
Morris himself is at the top of his class. A native of Pulaski County and Somerset High School alum, Morris founded Modern Systems as a teenager in 1979. The company which deals in security and entertainment electronics, has offices in Somerset, Lexington, and Bowling Green, Ky., now, and is the largest independent security system dealer in the state. He’s also recently been on the cover of his industry’s magazine, “Security Sales & Integration.”
But it’s what Morris is doing now in the wake of a nation frightened by the headlines out of Newtown that may turn out to be his greatest legacy.
“Any event like this is tragic, any loss of life, but this one just seemed different because it affected so many young children,” said Morris. “It struck at my core.”

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