June 26, 2016

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Spencer’s first use of siren will honor Sept. 11

SPENCER — The village’s newly installed emergency alert siren system will blare with a purpose for the first time Sunday, though not to warn community members of an emergency situation.

Spencer Police Chief Eugene Rice thought of the idea, and Mayor Tom Ramey gave the Community Fire District permission to sound the sirens four times in remembrance of each airplane that crashed Sept. 11, 2001.

The first siren will be at 8:46 a.m. for Flight 11, which crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The second siren will be at 9:03 a.m. for Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower.

The third siren will be at 9:37 a.m. for Flight 77, which crashed into the western facade of the Pentagon, and the final siren will be at 10:03 a.m. for Flight 93, which crashed into a field outside Shanksville, Pa.

“We hope first of all that people remember that day and the people who lost their lives and people who put forth effort to save the lives,” police Sgt. Jim Schneider said. “We’d like to see something like this happen every five to 10 years. We’d like the citizens of the village to remember this day in history.”

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