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Ryan Swanson and the restored fire bell: It was a matter of departmental pride and honoring local firefighter history. Photo by - Brian Basham

DL firefighters restore historic fire bell

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The tolling of the iron bell high atop the fire hall at one time alerted firefighters and citizens of a dangerous fire in Detroit Lakes.

Technology has since greatly improved the way emergency personnel are alerted to a situation, and the heavy bell was placed on display in front of the current Detroit Lakes fire hall. Exposed to the elements for nearly 40 years, the old bell fell into disrepair and started showing signs of its age.

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