Hidden near the top of Hagerstown’s City Hall is a historic bell that used to ring during emergencies and certain times of the day.
It’s known as the “Big Six” bell, and was used with the older fire alarm system in the city. However, it was no longer used after 1969.
But now, members of the First Hagerstown Hose Company want to see the bell given new life. They approached Mayor Bob Bruchey and City Council members this week about restoring it, and received approval to look into the process.
Company officials said their love of firefighting history is the inspiration for their efforts.
“It’s a big tourist attraction,” said Ray Lushbaugh, secretary for the First Hagerstown Hose Company. “There’s no doubt people would come from everywhere to hear this strike, because it would be the only working one in the whole United States.”
Company members said the project would come at no cost to the city, and that the money would be raised either through donations or by the volunteers themselves.